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dc.contributor.authorGardner, Jeffrey Adrian
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:38:45Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:38:45Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.othergardner_jeffrey_a_201212_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/gardner_jeffrey_a_201212_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28523
dc.description.abstractMany indigenous peoples in Latin America span state borders, which are imposed over what were initially territories that belonged to the indigenous. Little research, however, has focused on such indigenous "cross-border nations." How do indigenous peoples who span state borders construct collective identities in relation to those borders? This thesis addresses how the Mam, an indigenous people spanning the Guatemala-Mexico border, construct collective identities. In particular, I focus on whether ordinary Mames in Guatemala discursively tie themselves to the Mam in Mexico, and how they define different boundaries of collectivity. Moreover, I explain how the Mam define individual belonging to the collective. I argue the Mam construct collective identities in relational contexts by weaving in and out of rigid and more flexible imaginings of indigenous collective identity. These dynamic identities may challenge nation-state reifications and they may also complicate static understanding of identity.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectindigenous peoples
dc.subjectborder identities
dc.subjectMam
dc.subjectnation-state
dc.subjectcollective identity
dc.titleWeaving threads
dc.title.alternativehow the Maya-Mam imagine the complex fabric of collective identities
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentSociology
dc.description.majorSociology
dc.description.advisorPatricia Richards
dc.description.committeePatricia Richards
dc.description.committeeDavid Smilde
dc.description.committeePablo Lapegna


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