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Land and Labour in Latin America
Essays on the Development of Agrarian Capitalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521093200

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  • There has been considerable controversy amongst social and economic historians, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, political scientists and other specialists concerning the nature and structure of Latin American agrarian society. An increasing number of studies have come to challenge the traditionally accepted view that the backwardness of rural Latin America and its resistance to 'modernisation' are due to the persistence of feudal or non-feudal forms of social and economic organisation. Instead attention has shifted to an examination of the social and economic dislocations resulting from attempts to impose capitalist forms of agrarian enterprise on peasant or pre-capitalist societies. This book of essays by an international group of scholars represents a substantial empirical contribution to the ongoing debate. This book will be of interest not only to specialists in the field, but also to anyone wishing to understand the historical processes underlying contemporary Latin America's complex land tenure and rural employment problems.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521093200
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    List of maps
    1. Introduction: patterns of agrarian capitalism in Latin America
    Part I. The transition from traditional hacienda to capitalist estate
    2. Hacienda profits and tenant farming in the Mexican Bajio, 1700–1860
    3. Landlord, labourer and tenant in San Luis Potosi, northern Mexico, 1822–1910
    4. Land and labour in rural Chile, 1850–1935
    5. The development of the Chilean hacienda system, 1850–1973
    6. Relations of production in Andean haciendas: Peru
    7. The formation of the coffee estate in nineteenth-century Costa Rica
    Part II: The development of a plantation economy with labour recruitment from highland peasant communities
    8. The integration of the highland peasantry into the sugar cane economy of northern Argentina, 1930–43
    9. The social and economic consequences of modernisation in the Peruvian sugar industry, 1870–1930
    10. The dynamics of Indian peasant society and migration to coastal plantations in central Peru
    11. A Colombian coffee estate: Santa Barbara, Cundinamarca, 1870–1912
    Part III. The development of commercial agriculture using European immigrant labour
    12. The coffee colono of Sao Paulo, Brazil: migration and mobility, 1880–1930
    13. The cereal boom and changes in the social and political structure of Santa Fe, Argentina, 1870–95
    Part IV. The transition from slave plantation to capitalist plantation
    14. The consequences of modernisation fro Brazil's sugar plantations in the nineteenth century
    15. From bangue to usina: social aspects of growth and modernisation in the sugar industry of Pernambuco, Brazil, 1850–1920
    16. The evolution of rural wage labour in the Cauca Valley of Colombia, 1700–1970
    17. The post-emancipation origins of the relationships between the estates and the peasantry in Trinidad
    Part V. Postscript
    18. Latin American 'landlords' and 'peasants' and the outer world during the national period
    19. Abstracts of other papers
    Weights and measures
    Notes on contributors

  • Editors

    Kenneth Duncan

    Ian Rutledge

    In collaboration with

    Colin Harding

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