Peasants on the edge : crop, cult, and crisis in the Andes /
by William P. Mitchell.
1st ed. --
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1991.
x, 264 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
0292776373 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Austin : University of Texas Press, 1991.
0292776373 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-256) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
Since Mitchell's first visit in the 1960s, the peasant society of the town of Quinua has gone through graphic changes. The economy has become cash borne; townfolks once Catholics today are Protestants; such symbols of power and relationship as cargos and varayoc disappeared or have been in decline. New social and economic ties are being quilted outside the traditional peasant systems of fiestas and hierarchy. Migration to the coast and to urban centers resulted in another economic layer. Years of neglect by Lima, persistent racism by whites against the Indians, and the rising tides of social violence, such as the Shining Path movement, have seriously reshaped Quinua and its internal and external relationships. Those introducing change had typically worked on the coast and, once returning to Quinua, strongly rejected traditional politico-religious systems. The new political leaders reinforced the feeling that the coast (i.e., the whites) still exploits the highland (the Indians) and change has made this worse. Though not intended as a political study, this clearly written, well-argued, and highly informative book offers many important lessons for those interested in managing Third World modernization.-E. Pang, Colorado School of Mines
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