Based on years of field research conducted in the rural highlands, Fear as a Way of Life traces the intricate links between the recent political violence and repression and the long-term systemic violence connected with class inequalities and gender and ethnic oppression----the violence of everyday life.
Violencefrom massive assault to microscopic humiliationplays a crucial role in the constructions of race, gender, class, and nation. The power and success of Fear as a Way of Life begins with the ways it shows Mayan women building, and constantly rebuilding, lives within and against situations of totalizing and inescapable violence. Equally important, Linda Green maps new ways for anthropology to reach, and to reach out to, people in such circumstances. In situations where just sympathy scarcely matters, this book is a major contribution to the construction of an anthropology able to understand, to help, and to heal.