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Miners, Peasants and Entrepreneurs
Regional Development in the Central Highlands of Peru


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

Pilar Campana,Rigoberto Rivera, Julian Laite, Teofilo Altamirano, G. Alderson-Smith
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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105378


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  • This volume traces the development of the central highlands, one of Peru's major mining regions. It draws on extensive fieldwork carried out in Peru between 1970 and 1982, spanning a reforming military government, reaction and a return to civilian politics under Belaunde. Through historical material combined with field studies of villages and of the major town of the region, Huancayo, the book examines the economic and cultural processes underlying the 'progressive' reputation of the region in Peru and in the literature on development. Since the major enterprise of the region, the Cerro de Pasco Mining Corporation, was, until the 1970s, foreign owned, a persisting theme is the type of economic growth associated with and the distortions produced by, foreign capitalist economic enclaves on predominantly peasant economies. The political consequences are examined, showing the weakness of regional interest groups and the failure of contemporary regional development policies.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105378
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Regional development in an export economy
    2. The development of a regional economy in the central highlands
    3. The Mining Corporation and regional development
    4. Class relations, local economies and large-scale mining
    5. Highland puna communities and the impact of the mining economy Pilar Campana and Rigoberto Rivera
    6. Migration and social differentiation amongst Mantaro valley peasants Julian Laite
    7. Industrialisation and the emergence of an informal regional economy
    8. The village economy, agricultural development and contemporary patterns of social differentiation
    9. Regional commitment among central highlands migrants in Lima Teofilo Altamirano
    10. Confederations of households: extended domestic enterprises in city and country G. Alderson-Smith
    11. Regional development in peripheral economies

  • Authors

    Norman Long

    Bryan Roberts


    Pilar Campana,Rigoberto Rivera, Julian Laite, Teofilo Altamirano, G. Alderson-Smith

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