Social Change in Guatemala and Bolivia Comparison Essay by ABCs

Social Change in Guatemala and Bolivia
A review of two books on collective community action in Guatemala: Beatriz Manz's "Paradise in Ashes" and Benjamin Dangl's "The Price of Fire".
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This paper provides a review of Beatriz Manz's book, "Paradise in Ashes" and Benjamin Dangl's book, "The Price of Fire", to compare the collective community action for social change in Guatemala compared to different social movements in Bolivia. A discussion of the challenges they faced the objective of community actions, and how notions of community and nation were transformed in the process is followed by a summary of the research and salient findings in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion

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"In response, these Guatemalan peasants attempted to carve out a better place to live in the midst of the rain forest, but even in this remotest part of the country, they were not free from the violence that characterized the country for decades. According to Manz, these peasants "embarked in 1970 on what seemed a desperate, if not foolhardy, attempt to colonize a distant, inaccessible rain forest. Paradoxically, the isolated site they chose became one of the centers of the war that would convulse the entire country in the 1980s."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bolivia. (2008). U.S. government: CIA World Factbook available at library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bl.html.
  • Dangl, Benjamin. (2007). The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. AK Press.
  • Guatemala. (2008). U.S. government: CIA World Factbook available at library/publications/ the-world-factbook/geos/gt.html.
  • Manz, Beatriz. (2004). Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press

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