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Carol A. Smith


  • 1972 Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
  • 1968: M.A., Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
  • 1965: B.A., Portland State College


Research Interests

My research has long covered political and cultural relations in Guatemala and Central America. My edited book, Guatemalan Indians and the State, 1540-1988, illustrates the kinds of approaches I take, a combination of historical, ethnographic, and political views of the same phenomena. I have long been concerned to analyze the various kinds of encounters and struggles between the institutions of the Guatemalan state and the indigenous communities. I have recently broadened my interest to cover other Central American states and populations.

Recent Publications
2003a Resena de la encrucijada entre el desarrollo capitalista y la creacion de una nacion, Tomo 1: Mercados, centros urbanos y el subdesarrollo en Guatemala. C.A. Smith, ed. Guatemala: Cirma. (In press.)
2003b Resena de la encrucijada entre el desarrollo capitalista y la creacion de una nacion, Tomo I: Clases culturas, y naciones en Guatemala. Guatemala: CIRMA. (In press.)
2003c The contradictions of mestizaje in Central America. In Memorias del Mestizaje: Cultura Politica en America Central, 1920 al Presente, Dario Euraque, Jeff Gould, and Charles Hale, editors. Guatemala: CIRMA.
2001 Central America. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol 3.1, Article 9. N.J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, eds. Elsevier Science (Pergamon).
1999 Why write an expose of Rigoberta Menchu? Latin American Perspectives 109 (26):15-28.
Reprinted in ArturoArias, The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy, U of Minnesota Press, 2001.
1999 Racismo en el analisis socio-historico sobre Guatemala: una critica geneologica. Pp. 93-126 in Racismo en Guatemala? Abriendo el debate sobre un tema tabu. Clara Arenas, Charles Hale, and Gustavo Palma, eds. Guatemala: FLACSO.
1997a The symbolics of blood: mestizaje in the Americas. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 3:483-509.