What are the names of sources for a bibliography on Guatemala that give information on its location, movement, place, human-environment interaction, and religion?

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While websites can be helpful, when doing serious research for a paper, you really want to use printed sources as well, like books and periodicals. Below are some ideas for printed sources to look into.

One thing to remember is that, whenever you are looking into a printed source for research, never ever read the whole thing. For books, we start with the title. If the title seems useful, we move on to the table of contents. If you can spot a chapter title you think may be useful, only read that chapter. If you can't really tell by the chapter titles if something may or may not be useful, most non-fiction books have indexes. Flip back to the index in the particular book you are looking at and look for any key words you know will be needed in your paper, such as "movements," "location," and "religion." If you find any key words in the index, flip to those pages and only read those pages. If those pages seem useful and you feel you need to read the whole chapter or at least more parts of it to fully understand it, then only read that chapter. If you don't find any key words in the index, toss the book aside--it won't help--and move on to the next book. You can approach reading periodicals in a similar fashion. Start with the title. If the title seems useful, move on to the abstract. The abstract is the short paragraph or so below the title and just above where the article really starts. Abstracts are designed to inform the reader of the thesis as well as the premise and conclusions of the argument so that one only really has to read the abstract to know what the entire article is about. If the abstract seems useful, then read the whole article, but only read the whole article if the abstract seems useful.

The country of Guatemala has had many different political movements. One such movement is the indigenous people movement. Since the 1970s, the native Guatemala inhabitants began being brutally oppressed by their government and started a resistance, wanting to be self-governed. In the 1980s, the Guatemalan government finally legally recognized the indigenous people as a culture. Here is one book that will help you become familiar with this movement, as well as Guatemala's move to a democratic government:

  • Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratization in Guatemala, 1985-1996 written by Roddy Brett and published by Brill Academic Pub in 2008

Here is another book that could be helpful in exploring Guatemala's violent history as well as understanding Guatemala's people:

  • The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Greg Grandin and published by Duke University Press in 2011

The three major religions of Guatemala are Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and traditional Mayan. Here is one article to take a look at that might be helpful for understanding Guatemalan religion:
"Guatemalan Catholics and Mayas: the future of dialogue" by Michael K. Duffey and printed in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 23, 2010

Here are some books that could be useful for understanding Guatemalan religion:

  • Shamans, Witches, and Maya Priests: Native Religion and Ritual in Highland Guatemala written by Krystyna Deuss and published by The Guatemalan Maya Center, 2013
  • Religion in Latin America: A Documentary History edited by both Lee M. Penyak and Walter J. Petry and published by Orbis Books, 2006

These books and sources should also help you better understand the location, place, and human-environment interaction as well.

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