Guatemalan Journey

Author: Stephen Benz
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: History Of The Americas, Sociology & Anthropology, Guidebooks, Travel Writing
Book Format: Paperback

Benz brings the reader face to face with the landscape, the people, and the institutions of Guatemala. I am convinced that his book will appeal to a general audience, to students entering the field of Latin American studies, and even to people planning a trip to that country. His insights into and observations of Guatemalan society are invariably accurate and engaging. -- Pablo Medina, author of Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood Guatemala draws some half million tourists each year, whose brief visits to the ruins of ancient Maya cities and contemporary highland Maya villages may give them only a partial and folkloric understanding of Guatemalan society. In this vividly written travel narrative, Stephen Connely Benz explores the Guatemala that casual travelers miss, using his encounters with ordinary Guatemalans at the mall, on the streets, at soccer games, and even at the funeral of massacre victims to illuminate the social reality of Guatemala today. The book opens with an extended section on the capital, Guatemala City, and then moves out to the more remote parts of the country where the Guatemalan Indians predominate. Benz offers us a series of intelligent and sometimes humorous perspectives on Guatemala's political history and the role of the military, the country's environmental degradation, the influence of foreign missionaries, and especially the impact of the United States on Guatemala, from governmental programs to fast food franchises.

Table Of Contents

Los Encuentros


Part 1: Guatemala City

The Capital for Tourists

Walking around Town

Rainy Season in the Slums

The City Dump

Along the Railroad Tracks

A GAM Rally

Authority in Guatemala


El Churrasco

Ladino Attitudes

Soccer in Guatemala

Street Children

Buying a Scooter

Bureaucracy Revisited

The Post Office

" Fijase"




The Gringo Presence

Part 2: Roads and Texts

Lake Atitlan



The Ixil Triangle

The Biotopo del Quetzal

The Road to El Estor

The Oriente

The Last Road


About Stephen Connely Benz
Stephen Connely Benz was a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala from 1988 to 1990. A poet and essayist, he was Assistant Professor of English at Barry University in Miami.


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Barcode # 9780292708402
Brand University of Texas Press
Artist / Author Stephen Benz
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