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During the last quarter century, peasant participation in politics has increased markedly in parts of Latin America and Asia. Why the poor and vulnerable peasant population has chosen to leave the confines of the village for political activity and at times for sustained revolution is the question this book explores.

The author draws on informal interviews and observation of peasants in Mexico and India and on fifty-one community studies of peasants in Asia and Latin America compiled by ethnographers in the last forty years. He suggests that severe economic crises have driven peasants to roles in the larger economy outside the village, where they are initially attracted to politics by material incentives.

Originally published in 1977.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Why Peasants Change
  2. pp. 3-29
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  1. Part 1. The Historical Domination of Inward-Oriented Forces
  2. p. 31
  1. 2. Lord and Peasant
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. 3. The Freeholding Village
  2. pp. 46-59
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  1. 4. Mechanisms of Survival
  2. pp. 60-84
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  1. Part 2. The Fulcrum Shifts: The Challenge of Outward-Oriented Forces
  2. p. 85
  1. 5. Villages Under Stress
  2. pp. 87-111
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  1. 6. Relieving the Stress
  2. pp. 112-129
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  1. Part 3. The Triumph of Outward-Oriented Forces
  2. p. 131
  1. 7. Who Risks Change?
  2. pp. 133-155
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  1. 8. Social Structure and Social Institutions
  2. pp. 156-189
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  1. Part 4. Politics and Revolution
  2. p. 191
  1. 9. The New Political Community
  2. pp. 193-225
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  1. 10. Peasant Revolution
  2. pp. 226-256
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  1. 11. Conclusion: The Shrinking World
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. Appendix A. The Scale of External Relations
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. Appendix B. A List of the Communities Used
  2. pp. 269-273
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-301
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400868766
MARC Record
OCLC
933516043
Pages
310
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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