Dr. Steinberg is an adjunct assistant professor of geography at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.
PUBLIC MEMORY AND POLITICAL POWER IN GUATEMALA'S POSTCONFLICT LANDSCAPE
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2003 American Geographical Society
Volume 93, Issue 4, pages 449–468, October 2003
How to Cite
STEINBERG, M. K. and TAYLOR, M. J. (2003), PUBLIC MEMORY AND POLITICAL POWER IN GUATEMALA'S POSTCONFLICT LANDSCAPE. Geographical Review, 93: 449–468. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2003.tb00042.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- Catholic Church;
- postconflict landscape
ABSTRACT. Landscape interpretation, or “reading” the landscape, is one of cultural geography's standard practices. Relatively little attention, however, has been paid to reading landscapes transformed by insurgency movements or civil wars. Those landscapes can tell us a great deal about past and present political and social relationships as well as continuing power struggles. Guatemala presents a complicated postwar landscape “text” in which the struggle for power continues by many means and media, including how the war is portrayed on memorials, and in which the Catholic Church and the military/state are the two main competing powers. This essay explores some of the images and the text presented in Guatemala's postconflict landscape through contrasting landmarks and memorials associated with the country's thirty-six-year-long civil war that formally ended in 1996.