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Indigenous People in Armed Conflict: Social, Economic and Cultural Impacts

Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the interrelation between social and economic problems with the causes of armed conflicts and the impact of such conflicts on the societies and cultures of indigenous peoples in Latin America. By examining the situation of the Mayan community of El Triunfro in Guatemala, this study explores the impact of armed conflicts on the human rights, culture, society, economic base and general well-being of an indigenous community. From these findings, the problems that emerged or continue to be present after an armed conflict has impacted an indigenous community will be assessed. This study also explores the steps that can be taken by indigenous communities, government agencies or non-government organizations to address the social, economic and cultural problems that can lead to armed conflicts or that derive from armed conflicts, other types of political turmoil and economic activities on indigenous territories.

Author: 

Leonardo Alvarado

Chair: 

Robert A. Hershey

Publication: 

thesis

Year: 

2000

Arizona State Museum: 

M9791 A453
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences