Livelihood and Resistance: Peasants and the Politics of Land in Peru

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Livelihood and Resistance examines a Peruvian highland community where rural resistance has been endemic for over a century. Gavin Smith explores the way in which the villagers' daily economic interests and their political struggles contribute to their social and political identity.
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Livelihood and Resistance examines a Peruvian highland community where rural resistance has been endemic for over a century. Gavin Smith explores the way in which the villagers' daily economic interests and their political struggles contribute to their social and political identity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520063655
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1989
  • Pages: 293

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction: The World of the Huasicanchinos 1
1 Forms of Struggle 11
Livelihood and Resistance 11
Cross-Disciplinary Studies of the Peasantry 18
2 Domination and Disguise: Transformations in Community Institutions 29
Community Institutions in Huasicancha 1960-1972 31
Hacienda Use of Community Institutions 36
"La Nacion Huanca" 38
"El Imperio Inca" 44
The Emergence of the Highland Hacienda System 48
From estancia to hacienda; from cancha to "Pueblo de los Indios" 50
Growing Lines of Distinction 52
The Early Years of the Republic 56
Conclusion 57
3 The Growth of a Culture of Opposition 1850-1947 59
From Mobilization to Rebellion 1850-1899 61
The Pre-War Situation 61
The War and Its Aftermath 67
The Response to Hacienda Expansion 1900-1947 77
The Social Relations of Hacienda Production 1900-1920 77
The Social Relations of Petty Production 1900-1947 84
1900 to 1920 85
1920 to 1947 90
4 Making a Living 96
The Institutionalization of Migration 96
Early Days 96
The Receiving Areas from 1948 to 1960 99
The Sending Community from 1948 to 1960 100
The "Canchas" 102
The "Huasis" 103
The Variety of Enterprises Today: the Locations 104
Huancayo 104
Lima 105
Huasicancha 108
5 Ghostly Figures Outside the Domain of Political Economy 112
Victor and Juana Hinostrosa's Domestic Enterprise 117
Mauro and Guillermina Hinostrosa's Domestic Enterprise 121
Grimaldo and Angelina Pomayay's Domestic Enterprise 127
Eulogio and Eufresenia Ramos's Domestic Enterprise 132
Urbano and Paulina Llacua's Domestic Enterprise 144
6 Commodification and Culture 155
The Implications of Commodification and Formal Subsumption 160
Limitations to the Commodification of Production Relations 163
Conclusion 167
7 The Land Recuperation Campaign, 1930 to the Present 169
Initiatives Early in the Century 171
La Falda Invasion 174
The National Context 174
The Local Situation 176
La Pampa Invasion 181
The National Context and the Changing Local Resource Base 183
The Local Situation 184
La Puna Invasion 194
The Reawakening of the Campaign 196
The Realignment of Forces, Within and Without 198
Political Perspectives Arising from the Heterogeneity of Enterprises 205
The Momentum of Discourse and Increased Participation 207
Strategy and Tactics 211
"La Reivindicacion de Nuestras Tierras" 214
Conclusion 215
8 Class Consciousness and Culture 218
The Facets of Experience 222
The Role of Structure, Political Engagement and Discourse: an Example 229
Local Knowledge 234
Notes 237
Glossary 257
Bibliography 261
Index 273
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