Land and Dignity in Paraguay analyzes the sociopolitical mobilization around land rights of the indigenous communities in this country. Throughout Paraguay, indigenous communities have seen their lands sold to private agriculture business, in addition to being subjected to arrests, intimidation, and torture. Since the fall of Stroessner's dictatorship in 1989, these communities have been organizing to oppose neoliberal policies, especially that of land privatization. Such mobilization nearly always coalesces around an organizing frame, and the prominence of dignity in the framing of the Paraguayan movement is clear. Drawing on media coverage and extensive interviews with indigenous leaders, civil society leaders, and government officials, the book argues that active social mobilization developed around the dignity frame and concludes by looking at the implications for conflict resolution processes and for Paraguay's new democracy. A unique case study, Land and Dignity in Paraguay will interest anyone studying indigenous politics, Latin American politics, as well as issues of development and human rights.
Cheryl Duckworth teaches conflict resolution and global affairs at George Mason University, US. She has published and presented globally on development and conflict, to include a recent book chapter on Iraq's war economy. She has served at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, George Mason's Center for Global Studies, and the Center for International Education in program development and policy analysis capacities.
List of Abbreviations; Timeline of Major Events; Map of Paraguay; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Theoretical Building Blocks: Conflict Resolution and Social Movements; Chapter 3: An Historical View of the Indigenous Rights Movement in Paraguay; Chapter 4: Dignity Throughout Latin America; Chapter 5: The Indigenous Communities Under Stroessner; Chapter 6: Indigenous Communities and Dignity in the Post-Stroessner Era; Chapter 7: Land Policy and Practice Since Stroessner; Chapter 8: Dynamics and Partnerships of the Movement for Dignity; Chapter 9: Implications for the Field of Conflict Resolution; References.