Community Politics and Peasant-State Relations in Paraguay

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This work studies the political behavior of peasants in four Paraguayan communities that were selected to measure the influence of two variables on political behavior-economic location and the history of elite-peasant relationships. The author discusses the impact of both capitalist development and local history on community political responses. He addresses their efforts to obtain and secure access to land, agricultural policies, defense and abuse, and respect for the peasant ideal of social relationships. ...

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Overview

This work studies the political behavior of peasants in four Paraguayan communities that were selected to measure the influence of two variables on political behavior-economic location and the history of elite-peasant relationships. The author discusses the impact of both capitalist development and local history on community political responses. He addresses their efforts to obtain and secure access to land, agricultural policies, defense and abuse, and respect for the peasant ideal of social relationships. Turner concludes that local history is the strongest determining variable in discerning which communities are more likely to achieve relative political efficacy.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Grow
Turner has produced an impressive piece of interdisciplinary scholarship.
Paul H. Lewis
This is a thorough, detailed, and definitive study of peasant politics. It should become a model for future studies.
Richard Reed
...an important contribution to the ethnography and sociology of rural Paraguay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819191199
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/8/1993
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Turner is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Pt. I Design of the Study 1
1 Individualism and Communitarianism in Peasant Culture 3
Pt. II Peasants and the State 19
2 Institutional Structures of the Research Communities 21
3 Peasants and State in Paraguay 47
Pt. III Peasants and Towns: Mechanisms of Local Dominance 71
4 Political Parties 73
5 The Colorado Party in the Peasant Community 87
6 Municipal Government and the 1991 Municipal Elections 105
7 Role of the Church 125
Pt. IV Extra-Community Politics: How Communities Get Goods from the State 131
8 Peasants and Land 133
9 The History of Land Struggles in the Four Communities 159
10 Agricultural Policy 183
11 Communal Goods Policy 221
Pt. V Intra-Community Politics 241
12 Conflict Resolution Among Peasants 243
Conclusions 275
Appendix A 279
Appendix B 285
Glossary of Acronyms 291
Glossary of Guarani Terms 293
Glossary of Spanish Terms 294
Bibliography 295
Index 315
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