To Lead As Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 / Edition 1

To Lead As Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 / Edition 1

by Jeffrey L. Gould
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807842753

ISBN-13: 9780807842751

Pub. Date: 09/14/1990

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

This book is a carefully argued study of peasants and labor during the Somoza regime, focusing on popular movements in the economically strategic department of Chinandega in western Nicaragua. Jeffrey Gould traces the evolution of group consciousness among peasants and workers as they moved away from extreme dependency on the patron to achieve an autonomous social

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This book is a carefully argued study of peasants and labor during the Somoza regime, focusing on popular movements in the economically strategic department of Chinandega in western Nicaragua. Jeffrey Gould traces the evolution of group consciousness among peasants and workers as they moved away from extreme dependency on the patron to achieve an autonomous social and political ideology. In doing so, he makes important contributions to peasant studies and theories of revolution, as well as our understanding of Nicaraguan history.

According to Gould, when Anastasio Somoza first came to power in 1936, workers and peasants took the Somocista reform program seriously. Their initial acceptance of Somocismo and its early promises of labor rights and later ones of land redistribution accounts for one of the most peculiar features of the pre-Sandinista political landscape: the wide gulf separating popular movements and middle-class opposition to the government. Only the alliance of the Frente Sandinista (FSLN) and the peasant movement would knock down the wall of silence between the two forces.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807842751
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/14/1990
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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