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Titolo:
Empowered speech: Social fields, testimonio, and the Stoll-Menchu debate
Autore:
Binford, L;
Indirizzi:
Univ Autonoma Puebla, Inst Ciencias Sociales & Humanidades, Ctr Hist, Puebla 72000, Mexico Univ Autonoma Puebla Puebla Mexico 72000 Ctr Hist, Puebla 72000, Mexico
Titolo Testata:
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
fascicolo: 1, volume: 8, anno: 2001,
pagine: 105 - 133
SICI:
1070-289X(200103)8:1<105:ESSFTA>2.0.ZU;2-O
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
MENCHU,RIGOBERTA;
Keywords:
testimonial literature; Rigoberta Menchu; Guatemala; ethnography; literary criticism;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
59
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Binford, L Univ Autonoma Puebla, Inst Ciencias Sociales & Humanidades, CtrHist, Juande Palafox & Mendoza 208, Puebla 72000, Mexico Univ Autonoma Puebla Juan de Palafox & Mendoza 208 Puebla Mexico 72000
Citazione:
L. Binford, "Empowered speech: Social fields, testimonio, and the Stoll-Menchu debate", IDENTITIES, 8(1), 2001, pp. 105-133

Abstract

This article employs Pierre Bourdieu's approach to the analysis of social fields in order to dispute David Stoll's critique of Rigoberta Menchu in his book, Rigoberta Menchu nod the Story of All Poor Guatemalans. Stoll argues that Menchu's testimonio was a politically charged document that inaccurately portrays Menchu's own history and incorrectly represents it as representative of the experience of most rural Guatemalan indigenous peasants. Binford counters that the stories told by testimonial subjects, ethnographic informants, and ethnographers (such as Stoll) are the products of strategic maneuvers within social fields of power acid should not be evaluated in terms of abstract moral absolutes that cannot be enacted concretely. He also maintains that Menchu's testimonio is a better guide to rural social relations in northern Quiche department than Stoll's ethnographic work-if read as a representative, rather than a literal account. Finally, the article also briefly addresses literary critical analysis of testimonio and discusses the forms that future testimonial works might assume.

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