The essays in this collection examine agrarian transformation in Latin America and the role in this of peasants, with particular reference to Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Brazil and Central America. Among the issues covered are the impact of globalization and neo-liberal economic policies.
Latin American peasants - new paradigms for old?, Tom Brass; the peasantry and the state in Latin America - a troubled past, an uncertain future, James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer; from rubber estate to simple commodity production - agrarian stuggles in the Northern Bolivian Amazon, Willem Assies; the impact of neo-liberal economics on Peruvian peasant agriculture in the 1990s, John Crabtree; whither "O Campesinato"? historical peasantries of Brazilian Amazonia, Stephen Nugent; from dependency to reform and back again - the Chilean peasantry during the twentieth century, Warwick E. Murray; globalization and the reinvention of Andean tradition - the politics of community and ethnicity in highland Bolivia, John McNeish; devil pact narratives in rural Central America - class, gender and "resistance", Kees Jansen and Esther Roquas; representing the peasantry? struggles for/about land in Brazil, Jose de Souza Martins; on which side of what barricade? subaltern resistance in Latin America and elsewhere, Tom Brass.