Land and Labour in Latin America: Essays on the Development by Kenneth Duncan, Ian Rutledge, Colin Harding

By Kenneth Duncan, Ian Rutledge, Colin Harding

There was substantial controversy among social and monetary historians, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, political scientists and different experts about the nature and constitution of Latin American agrarian society. more and more reviews have come to problem the commonly authorised view that the backwardness of rural Latin the US and its resistance to 'modernisation' are as a result patience of feudal or non-feudal varieties of social and monetary employer. in its place recognition has shifted to an exam of the social and financial dislocations due to makes an attempt to impose capitalist sorts of agrarian firm on peasant or pre-capitalist societies. This publication of essays through a world crew of students represents a considerable empirical contribution to the continued debate. This e-book may be of curiosity not just to experts within the box, but additionally to an individual wishing to appreciate the historic techniques underlying modern Latin America's complicated land tenure and rural employment difficulties.

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28 The larger the estate, the more likely was its owner to be ready to rest content with a certain but relatively low return upon the capital value of his land. An illustration of this latter trend was provided by the Mariscales de Castilla, the greatest landowners in the Bajio. 29 This vast aggregation of territory served as a sheep farm, with The Mexican Bajio, 1700—1860 33 wool and beasts for slaughter, along with lesser derivative items such as tallow and skins, forming the main source of revenue.

Solomon Miller, 'Hacienda to plantation in northern Peru: the process of proletarianization of a tenant farmer society', in Julian H. ), Contemporary change in traditional societies, 3 vols. (Chicago and London, 1967), vol. 3. 24. Robert Redfield, The folk culture of Yucatan (Chicago, 1941). 25. Eric R. 126. Richard Adams, 'Rural labor', in Continuity and change in Latin America, ed. J. J. , 1964), pp. 49-78. 27. Anthony Leeds, 'Mythos and Pathos: some unpleasantries on peasantries' (abstract in chapter 19 below).

In part, my aim is to test certain hypotheses advanced by Andres Molina Enriquez and Enrique Florescano. The main drift of their argument is that although the hacienda existed to provide its owner with an income, the actual profits taken from cereal production were low and intermittent. 6 The chief innovation of this paper is the emphasis placed upon tenant farming. 7 The Bajio Although the Bajio lies at the core of the modern Mexican republic, historically and geographically the region stands at the frontier which separates the inhospitable wastelands of the great Mesa del Norte from the fertile valleys of the central plateau.

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