Community Formation and Livelihood

Ismael García-Colón

in Land Reform in Puerto Rico

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033631
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038476 | DOI:
Community Formation and Livelihood

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This chapter explores how residents of parcelas used their land to pursue new economic activities, and to create and reproduce social relations that assured their survival. It concentrates on how residents made a livelihood within the changing Puerto Rican society. It first investigates the social relations in the communities and the use of the land by residents. It also explains how the industrialization was transforming the options and opportunities of residents and their incorporation into the changing labor force. Finally, it deals with migration and its complex relation to life in the parcelas. These processes reflect how residents managed to find ways to subsist in new social and economic conditions. The Popular Democratic Party (PPD) government placed many hopes on the development of manufacturing. However, industrialization did not provide residents with the employment they needed.

Keywords: parcelas; livelihood; Puerto Rican society; social relations; industrialization; migration; Popular Democratic Party

Chapter.  6252 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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