By Shaun Grech
Drawing from long-term ethnographic paintings and perform in Guatemala, this incisive and interdisciplinary textual content brings in views from serious incapacity experiences, postcolonial concept and important improvement to discover a number of the interactions and dynamics among incapacity and severe poverty in rural parts.
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As the coloniser encountered the Other, it had to construct the Other racially, culturally, bodily and spiritually. As Martínez Peláez (2009:281) stresses in the case of Guatemala, it was colonialism that ‘transformed pre-Hispanic natives into Indians … a large class of servile labourers … subject to colonial authority’. But after constructing the Other, the coloniser had to manage and subjugate, discipline and civilise him or her as a moral duty and obligation, using all means necessary. The Spanish sought ways of homogenising, controlling, repressing and erasing the identities of the colonial subjects through a complex racist system based on origin and colour, while forcing the assimilation of Spanish values, beliefs and customs.
Overall, critical and reflexive evaluations of disability programmes, too, and their impacts on the lives of the poorest disabled people and their families are also lacking. While reports and papers tick the funding boxes, and questioning and criticality are conveniently labelled as ‘theoretical abstraction’, arguments grow older, analyses remain simplistic and debates seem to be hardly ‘developing’. 6. From simple to simplify: generalise and export Overall, in the echo chamber, and in the midst of scarce empirical work, the discourse on disability, poverty and development in much of the grey literature continues to be one of hearsay and even myth, ‘a stereotype of what Others make of disability’ (Ingstad and Whyte, 1995:139).
Overall, the result was dramatic food shortage and a spike in food prices, impacting the poorest rural people through cycles of malnutrition and undernutrition, with serious health impacts and even death. Rising food prices are lethal when the poorest spend some 80 per cent of their income solely on food. The global economic downturn also impacted incomes through reduced remittances, lower tourism and a drop in exports contributing to low food purchasing power. In 2009 alone, 54,000 families were suffering from hunger, and 25 children died of malnutrition (WFP, 2009).