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Race, Citizenship and Violence in Transitioning Societies: A Guatemalan case study

Valji, Nahla
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Race and Citizenship in Transition Series. South Africa: Centre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Downloaded 7 February 2005.

The CSVR Race and Citizenship in Transition Series has set out to examine the ways in which ordinary citizens engage with issues of race and citizenship in a post-transitional society, ten years into the country’s democracy. The goal of the project is to understand the long-term impact of structures, in particular truth commissions, as well as the model or type of transition and democracy, in order to examine the impact these elements have on violence and racial identity during times of transition.

In addition to looking at South Africa’s own experience (cf. reports in the Race and Citizenship in Transition Series), the series incorporates an in-depth examination of these same elements during the course of Guatemala’s transition to democracy.

The following paper focuses on race, and the nature of negotiated transitions, as well as the thin line between political and social conflict; a line which is often blurred during democratic transitions.

In many ways, Guatemala reflects important similarities with South Africa. (excerpt)


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