Trade Unionists Against Terror: Guatemala City, 1954-1985

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Deborah Levenson-Estrada provides the first comprehensive analysis of how urban labor unions took shape in Guatemala under conditions of state terrorism. In Trade Unionists against Terror, she explores how workers made sense of their struggle for rights in the face of death squads and other forms of violent opposition from the state. Levenson-Estrada focuses especially on the case of 400 workers at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Guatemala City, who, in order to protect their union, successfully occupied the factory for over a year beginning in 1984 while the country was under a state of siege. According to Levenson-Estrada, religion provided the language of resistance, and workers who were engaged in what seemed to be a dead-end battle constructed an identity for themselves as powerful agents of change. Based on oral histories as well as documentary sources, Trade Unionists against Terror also illuminates complex relationships between urban popular culture, gender, family, and workplace activism in Guatemala.

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"One of the book's strengths is that vivid personal testimonies are intelligently informed by more general theoretical and comparative contexts. This is a story that involves terrible brutality as well as inspiring courage, and the author neither protects her readers from the horrible nor overly romanticizes the heroic, even though she is quite clear about her sympathies with the workers."-- Choice

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During decades of relentless state terror, workers in Guatemala City, built a vibrant, and in some cases victorious, labor movement. In Trade Unionists Against Terror, Deborah Levenson-Estrada shows how individual men and women were able to preserve and act collectively despite a violent state, death squads, and a culture of fear.

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