Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America

Eric R. Wolf

in Pathways of Power

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223332
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924871 | DOI:
Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America

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The twentieth century has witnessed the eruption of the rural population of Latin America into the political process: news of land invasions, uprisings, and petitions for agrarian reform in various countries of the continent furnish daily subject matter for the world press. Forms of rural protest have varied widely from country to country, and from historical period to historical period. An analytical scheme would allow relating modes of rural protest to major structural shifts in the political economy of Latin America. This chapter attempts to examine the dynamic of rural protest movements as they respond to changing structural conditions and in turn react upon them. It delineates three phases in the development of the hacienda system: the phase of expansion, the phase of stabilization and coexistence, and the phase of dissolution. Rural protest acquires more relevance because it challenges a system of power and is itself revolutionary.

Keywords: rural population; Latin America; rural protest; hacienda system; analytical scheme

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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