Families and Entrepreneurs

Susana Narotzky and Gavin Smith

in Immediate Struggles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245686
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939011 | DOI:
Families and Entrepreneurs

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For some areas of Europe, the shift has been less a near-total exodus from the countryside than a shift from industry as an appendage to agriculture to agriculture as an appendage to industry. Therefore, the ways these processes were experienced by people going through this kind of transition are considered. This chapter examines smaller entrepreneurial figures, covering the transition of the areas from a predominantly agricultural economy, in which manufacturing and services played important complementary roles, to one in which industry begins to occupy the center of gravity. It also recovers the dialectical tensions in history by interweaving the broader currents, political, economic, and social. These tensions swept over the Vega Baja with the forming, reforming, breaking, and reconstituting of a variety of people's practices, relationships, institutions, and emergent subjectivities. The chapter also deals with people especially concerned to negotiate their way through the second transition, as the long-standing fluorescent Alicantino agriculture, always interspersed with small manufacturing and services, is now displaced by the uneven march into dominance of dispersed industry, a shift one could characterize as from an agricultural-and-some-industry setting to an industrial-and-some-agriculture setting.

Keywords: entrepreneurs; Vega Baja; Alicantino agriculture; industrial setting; Europe

Chapter.  10208 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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