Community Politics and Peasant-State Relations in Paraguay

Community Politics and Peasant-State Relations in Paraguay

by Brian Turner
     
 

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

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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. Turner concludes that local history is the strongest determining variable in discerning which communities are more likely to achieve relative political efficacy.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819191199
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
09/08/1993
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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