By Shaun Grech
Drawing from long-term ethnographic paintings and perform in Guatemala, this incisive and interdisciplinary textual content brings in views from serious incapacity stories, postcolonial idea and demanding improvement to discover a few of the interactions and dynamics among incapacity and severe poverty in rural parts.
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Extra resources for Disability and Poverty in the Global South: Renegotiating Development in Guatemala
Throughout this process, how disabled people and their families live, interpret, construct, survive and (re)negotiate disability and poverty in these spaces and places, and how they (re)position or even resist this discourse, is perpetually tucked away. The erasures of ‘“place” and localised particularities have been the foundation of Western philosophy and thought’ (Campbell, 2009:48). In this process, the standardisation of disability, what Fiona Kumari Campbell (2009:48) calls ‘Geodisability Knowledge’ continues unabated: ‘the naturalising of dominant ways of seeing (knowing), citing (summoning and hailing) and situating (localising) disability’.
The mission was to Christianise these Mayan subjects en masse, a process facilitated through their relocation to areas populated exclusively by Indians under a system of resettlement called reducciones, overseen by a priest and colonial officers. This meant forced abandonment of their land, facilitating the appropriation of the best land by the settlers. The instilling of ‘self-deprecating attitudes and the consciousness of sin’ (Rabasa, 2008:48) paired with harsh physical and verbal abuse were designed to rid them of their evil spirits and purify them, smoothing the induction into forced labour, itself taking on a purifying meaning.
Again, this is done to allow as much space as possible for empirical work, but I still hope it adequately articulates and grounds the definitions informing this work while permitting adequate engagement with these conceptual issues as they emerge from the findings, hence allowing for theoretical developments in these. Mapping things out This chapter has laid down some of the terrain providing the background for this book, followed by a mapping out of its objectives and fluid trajectories alert to a number of critical concerns as well as Disability, Poverty and Development: Mapping the Terrain 27 limitations along the way.
Disability and Poverty in the Global South: Renegotiating Development in Guatemala by Shaun Grech