• Publications of Diane M. Nelson

      • Books

          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • A Finger in the Wound: Body Politics in Quincenntenial Guatemala.
          • University of California Press.
          Publication Description

          http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/8109.html

          • DM Nelson.
          • (February, 2009).
          • Reckoning: The Ends of War in Guatemala.
          • Duke University Press.
          Publication Description

          Following the 1996 treaty ending decades of civil war, how are Guatemalans reckoning with genocide and with the fact that almost everyone collaborated in some way with the violence? Meaning “to count, figure up” and “to settle rewards and punishments,” reckoning promises accounting and accountability. Yet Diane Nelson shows that the means by which the war was waged, especially its raced and gendered modes, unsettle the very premises of knowing and being. Symptomatic are the stories of duplicity and living with “two faces” pervasive in post-war Guatemala and applied to the left, Mayan people, and the state. Drawing on over twenty years of research in Guatemala, Nelson explores how postwar struggles to reckon traumatic experience illuminate the assumptions of identity more generally. Nelson lashes together stories of human rights activism, Mayan identity struggles, forced-voluntary participation in massacres, and popular enjoyments like traditional dances, horror films, and carnivals, with exhumations of mass graves, official apologies, and reparations. She discusses the stereotype of the Two-Faced Indian as colonial discourse revivified by anti-guerrilla counterinsurgency and by the claims of duplicity leveled against Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú, as well as functioning as a survival strategy for some. Nelson examines suspicions that state power is also two-faced, from the left’s fears of a clandestine para-state behind the democratic façade to the right’s conviction that NGOs threaten Guatemalan sovereignty. Comparing anti-malaria and anti-subversive campaigns suggests biopolitical ways the state is two-faced, simultaneously taking and giving life. Emphasizing that the ends of war are always sites of struggle, Nelson offers a ground-up take on political transition as Guatemalans find creative ways forward, turning ledger books, technoscience, and even gory popular culture into tools for making sense of violence, loss, and the future.

          Book was published in May 2009

          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Under the sign of the Virgen de Tránsito.
          • Duke University Press.
          • [web]
          Publication Description

          Following the 1996 treaty ending decades of civil war, how are Guatemalans reckoning with genocide, especially since almost everyone contributed in some way to the violence? Meaning "to count, figure up" and "to settle rewards and punishments," reckoning promises accounting and accountability. Yet as Diane M. Nelson shows, the means by which the war was waged, especially as they related to race and gender, unsettled the very premises of knowing and being. Symptomatic are the stories of duplicity pervasive in postwar Guatemala, as the left, the Mayan people, and the state were each said to have "two faces." Drawing on more than twenty years of research in Guatemala, Nelson explores how postwar struggles to reckon with traumatic experience illuminate the assumptions of identity more generally. Nelson brings together stories of human rights activism, Mayan identity struggles, coerced participation in massacres, and popular entertainment-including traditional dances, horror films, and carnivals-with analyses of mass-grave exhumations, official apologies, and reparations. She discusses the stereotype of the Two-Faced Indian as colonial discourse revivified by anti-guerrilla counterinsurgency and by the claims of duplicity leveled against the Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú, and she explores how duplicity may in turn function as a survival strategy for some. Nelson examines suspicions that state power is also two-faced, from the left's fears of a clandestine para-state behind the democratic façade, to the right's conviction that NGOs threaten Guatemalan sovereignty. Her comparison of antimalaria and antisubversive campaigns suggests biopolitical ways that the state is two-faced, simultaneously giving and taking life. Reckoning is a view from the ground up of how Guatemalans are finding creative ways forward, turning ledger books, technoscience, and even gory horror movies into tools for making sense of violence, loss, and the future.

      • Papers Published

          • D Nelson.
          • (December, 1991).
          • "The Reconstruction of Mayan Identity".
          • Report on Guatemala
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          • D Nelson.
          • (November, 1994).
          • Letter from the Field: From Inside the Guatemalan Coup.
          • Stanford Anthropology Newsletter
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          • D Nelson.
          • (May, 1995).
          • "Gringas, Baby Snatching, and "Partial" Anthropology in Guatemala".
          • Anthropology Newsletter: Recent Developments
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          • 36
          • (5)
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          • D Nelson.
          • (1997).
          • "Los Maya-hackers".
          • Proceedings from the First Maya Studies Conference
          • Guatemala City: Cholsamah Publishing.
          • D Nelson.
          • (1999).
          • "Rigoberta Menchú: Is Truth Stranger than Testimonial?".
          • Guatemala Scholars Network News
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          • D Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • "The Truth of Testimonial: The Controversy over I. Rigoberta Menchú.
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      • Published Articles

          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • Review of Violent Memories: Mayan War Widows in Guatemala, by Judith Zur and Fear as a Way of Life, by Linda Green.
          • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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          • 6
          • (4)
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          • 757-758.
          • Great Britain.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • Review of Love in a Time of Hate: Liberation Psychology in Latin America by Nancy Hollander.
          • American Ethnologist
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          • 179-181.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2002).
          • ’Relating to Terror: Gender, Anthropology, Law and Some September Elevenths".
          • Gender, Law, and Public Policy. Special Issue
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          • 24-24.
          • DM Nelson and Members of Occupy Chapel Hill.
          • (2014).
          • Her Earliest Leaf’s a Flower.
          • Cultural Anthropology Hotspots (on-line). Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings.
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          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (October, 2013).
          • Vitamin.
          • Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology
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          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (October, 2013).
          • ’Yes to Life = No to Mining:’ Counting as Biotechnology in Life(Ltd) Guatemala.
          • The Scholar and the Feminist Online
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          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Pirates, Robbers, and Mayan Shamans: The Terrible and Fine Allure of the Spirits of Capital.
          • Science Fiction Studies
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          • 39
          • (118)
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (December, 2012).
          • Banal, Familiar and Enrapturing: Financial Enchantment after Guatemala’s Genocide.
          • Women’s Studies Quarterly
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          • 40
          • (3-4)
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (October, 2010).
          • “The Power of Sweetness” Commentary.
          • Current Anthropology
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          • 51
          • (5)
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Maya-Hackers and the Cyberspatialized Nation-State: Modernity, Ethnostalgia, and a Lizard Queen in Guatemala.
          • Cultural Anthropology
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          • 287-308.
          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Stumped Identities: Body Image, Bodies Politic, and the Mujer Maya as Prosthetic.
          • Cultural Anthropology
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          • 16
          • (3)
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          • 314-353.
          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • “Mayan Ponzi: A Contagion of Hope, a Made-off With Your Money,”.
          • e-misférica, on-line journal of NYU Hemispheric Institute
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          • [web]
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Phantom Limbs and Invisible Hands: Bodies, Prosthetics, and Late Capitalist Identities.
          • Cultural Anthropology
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Perpetual Creation and Decomposition: Bodies, Gender, and Desire in the Assumption/s of a Guatemalan Discourse of Mestizaje.
          • Journal of Latin American Anthropology
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          • 74-111.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Crucifixion Stories, the l869 Caste War of Chiapas, and Negative Consciousness: A Disruptive Subaltern Study.
          • American Ethnologist
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          • 331-354.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Indian Giver or Nobel Savage: Duping, Assumptions of Identity and Other Double Entendres in Rigoberta Mench Tum's Stoll/en Past.
          • American Ethnologist
          • ,
          • 28
          • (2)
          • ,
          • 303-331.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (March, 2010).
          • Reckoning the after/math of war in Guatemala.
          • ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
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          • 10
          • (1-2)
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          • 87-95.
          • [web]
      • Articles & Book Chapters

          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • Mayan Pyramids.
          • In L Grandin and Oglesby (Eds.),
          • The Guatemala Reader
          • Duke University Press.
          • D.M. Nelson.
          • (2005).
          • “Life During Wartime: Guatemala, Vitality, Conspiracy, Milieu,”.
          • In Jonathan Xavier Inda (Eds.),
          • The Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics
          • Blackwell Press.
      • Book Chapters

          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • The Cultural Agency of Wounded Bodies Politic: Ethnicity and Gender as Prosthetic Support in Post-War Guatemala.
          • In D Sommer (Eds.),
          • Cultural Agency in the Americas
          • (pp. 28-28).
          • Duke University Press.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • Life During Wartime: Guatemala, Vitality, Conspiracy, Milieu.
          • In JX Inda (Eds.),
          • The Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics
          • .
          • Blackwell Press.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2010).
          • Los efectos especiales del horror.
          • In JL García and S Bastos (Eds.),
          • Re-pensando la violencia
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          • University of Cordoba, Spain.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • 100% OMNILIFE: Health, Economy, and the End/s of War.
          • War By Other Means Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala
          • .
          • Duke UP.
          • DM Nelson and C McAllister.
          • (2014).
          • Aftermath: Harvests of Violence and Histories of the Future.
          • War By Other Means Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala
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          • Duke UP.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (2013).
          • Los Efectos Especialdes de los "Mecanismos del Horror".
          • In Garcia, Julian Lopez and Bastos, Santiago and Camus, Manuela (Eds.),
          • Guatemala, Violencias Desbordadas
          • (pp. 153-183).
          • Universidad de Cordoba.
          • [web]
      • Book Reviews

          • DM Nelson.
          • (1995).
          • Skin of the Soul: Women Writing Horror by Lisa Tuttle.
          • Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual l99l.
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (December, 1996).
          • Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz.
          • American Anthropologist
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (June, 1997).
          • The Horror:’ The Subject of Desire in Post-Colonial Theory.” Review of Imperial Leather by Anne McClintock, Colonial Desire by Robert Young, and Race and the Education of Desire by Ann Stoler.
          • American Anthropologist
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (Fall, 1998).
          • "Leftovers," review of Food of the Gods: Eating and the Eaten in Fantasy and Science Fiction.
          • Science Fiction Studies
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          • DM Nelson.
          • (2014).
          • Horologists Unite! Take Back the Night (of the Soul) Review.
          • Science Fiction Studies
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          • Nancy Hollander.
          • (2000).
          • Love in a Time of Hate: Liberation Psychology in Latin America.
          • American Ethnologist
          • .
          • Judith Zur.
          • (forthcoming).
          • Violent Memories: Mayan War Widows in Guatemala.
          • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
          • Great Britain.
          • .
          • Linda Green.
          • (forthcoming).
          • Fear as a Way of Life.
          • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
          • Great Britain.
          • .
      • Papers Accepted

          • D Nelson.
          • (forthcoming).
          • "Tengo dos caras:" El estado, duplicidad y las trans/acciones de la identificaión" ["I have Two Faces:" The State, Duplicity, and the Trans/Actions of Identification].
          • Proceedings from the Biannual Maya Studies Conference
          • Guatemala City: Universidad Rafaél Landivar PRess.
          • DM Nelson.
          • (forthcoming).
          • "I Want...to Look Like You: Mestizaje and Raciology in the Global Exchange of Glances".
          • Key Issues in Latin American Anthropology: social movements, mestizaje, globalisation, and the politics of ethnography
          • M Diaz-Barriga (Eds.),
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      • Edited Volumes

          • D.M. Nelson, Carlota McAllister.
          • (2013).
          • War By Other Means Aftermath in Post-Genocide Guatemala.
          • Duke UP.
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