Identidades cuestionadas. El pueblo maya de Guatemala ante el ALCA

  • Alberto Alonso Fradejas
Keywords: Guatemala, Maya people, ALCA/FTAA, cultural homogenization, identity, globalization


The current neoliberal globalization process has unleashed a phenomenon of cultural invasion from the global North to the South lacking reciprocity which has resulted in the destruction of cultural identities. Instruments such as ALCA/FTAA have contributed to this homogenization under the wily and Anglo-Saxon culture of the multiple identities and peoples of Guatemala, being the Maya peoples the most numerous and attacked. This article is aimed at analyzing the 3 main sources of vulnerability of Maya population in Guatemala: the crisis and its consequences in life conditions, exclusion and poverty; the State has fallen again into the monopoly of a Military leadership that concentrates executive, legislative and judicial powers; and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), whose negotiation has been characterized by a lack of transparency and participation. Finally, this study points out the possible alternatives in order to face this “unique path”.

Published online: 11 December 2017

Author Biography

Alberto Alonso Fradejas
Máster en Ayuda Internacional Humanitaria.
How to Cite
Alonso Fradejas, Alberto. 2017. “Identidades Cuestionadas. El Pueblo Maya De Guatemala Ante El ALCA”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 1 (December), 97-132.