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    I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture (Numbered)) (Hardback) By (author) Jr. David Carey

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    DescriptionGiven Guatemala's record of human rights abuses, its legal system has often been portrayed as illegitimate and anemic. I Ask for Justice challenges that perception by demonstrating that even though the legal system was not always just, rural Guatemalans considered it a legitimate arbiter of their grievances and an important tool for advancing their agendas. As both a mirror and an instrument of the state, the judicial system simultaneously illuminates the limits of state rule and the state's ability to co-opt Guatemalans by hearing their voices in court. Against the backdrop of two of Latin America's most oppressive regimes - the dictatorships of Manuel Estrada Cabrera (1898-1920) and General Jorge Ubico (1931-1944) - David Carey Jr. explores the ways in which indigenous people, women, and the poor used Guatemala's legal system to manipulate the boundaries between legality and criminality. Using court records that are surprisingly rich in Maya women's voices, he analyzes how bootleggers, cross-dressers, and other litigants crafted their narratives to defend their human rights. Revealing how nuances of power, gender, ethnicity, class, and morality were constructed and contested, this history of crime and criminality demonstrates how Maya men and women attempted to improve their socioeconomic positions and to press for their rights with strategies that ranged from the pursuit of illicit activities to the deployment of the legal system.

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    I Ask for Justice
    Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jr. David Carey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 363
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292748682
    ISBN 10: 029274868X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFFK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JKV
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KL
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04, 51
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 86
    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 85
    BISAC V2.8: HIS007000
    BIC subject category V2: LBBR
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    DC22: 364.3/74089974207281
    LC classification: KGD2501 .C37 2013
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    DC22: 364.37408997
    DC23: 364.3740899742
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, JBSF11, JKV, LBBR
    Illustrations note
    31 photographs, 2 maps, 4 tables
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    25 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations, Maps, and Tables Foreword by Pablo Piccato Acknowledgments Introduction: Justice, Ethnicity, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Guatemala Chapter 1. Dictators, Indigenas, and the Legal System: Intersections of Race and Crime Chapter 2. "Rough and Thorny Terrain": Moonshine, Gender, and Ethnicity Chapter 3. "Productive Activity": Female Vendors and Ladino Authorities in the Market Chapter 4. Unnatural Mothers and Reproductive Crimes: Infanticide, Abortion, and Cross-Dressing Chapter 5. Wives in Danger and Dangerous Women: Domestic and Female Violence Chapter 6. Honorable Subjects: Public Insults, Family Feuds, and State Power Conclusion: Emboldened and Constrained Appendices Notes Glossary Bibliography Index