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Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change presents examples from Paraguay, Brazil, and Colombia, examining what is necessary for smallholder agricultural cooperatives to support holistic community-based development in peasant communities. Reporting on successes and failures of these cooperative efforts, the contributors offer analyses and strategies for supporting collective grassroots interests. Illustrating how poverty and inequality affect rural people, they reveal how cooperative organizations can support grassroots development strategies while negotiating local contexts of inequality amid the broader context of international markets and global competition.



The contributors explain the key desirable goals from cooperative efforts among smallholder producers. They are to provide access to more secure livelihoods, expand control over basic resources and commodity chains, improve quality of life in rural areas, support community infrastructure, and offer social spaces wherein small farmers can engage politically in transforming their own communities.



The stories in Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change reveal immense opportunities and challenges. Although cooperatives have often been framed as alternatives to the global capitalist system, they are neither a panacea nor the hegemonic extension of neoliberal capitalism. Through one of the most thorough cross-country comparisons of cooperatives to date, this volume shows the unfiltered reality of cooperative development in highly stratified societies, with case studies selected specifically because they offer important lessons regarding struggles and strategies for adapting to a changing social, economic, and natural environment.



Contributors:




Luis Barros
Brian J. Burke
Charles Cox
Luis Alberto Cuéllar Gómez
Miguel Ricardo Dávila Ladrón de Guevara
Elisa Echagüe
Timothy J. Finan
Andrés González Aguilera
Sonia Carolina López Cerón
Joana Laura Marinho Nogueira
João Nicédio Alves Nogueira
Jessica Piekielek
María Isabel Ramírez Anaya
Rodrigo F. Rentería-Valencia
Lilliana Andrea Ruiz Marín
Marcela Vásquez-León

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Charles C. Cox
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Smallholder Cooperativism as a Development Strategy in Latin America
  2. Marcela Vásquez-León, Timothy J. Finan, Brian J. Burke
  3. pp. 3-16
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  1. Cooperative Experiences in Paraguay
  1. The Paraguayan Context of Social Inequality
  2. Marcela Vásquez-León
  3. pp. 19-25
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  1. Grassroots Organizing as a Key to Cooperative-Led Change: Lessons from Rural Paraguay
  2. Brian J. Burke
  3. pp. 26-37
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  1. Collective Challenges and the Fair Trade Alternative: The Manduvirá Cooperative
  2. Marcela Vásquez-León, Andrés González Aguilera
  3. pp. 38-49
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  1. Is Monoculture a Viable Strategy?: The Case of Guayaibi Unido
  2. Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia
  3. pp. 50-60
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  1. Capiibary Cooperative: A Strategy of Diversification to Reverse the Rural Exodus
  2. Marcela Vásquez-León
  3. pp. 61-72
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  1. Paraguayan Cooperativism in Context: A Practitioner’s Perspective
  2. Elisa Echagüe
  3. pp. 73-82
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  1. Cooperative Experiences in Brazil
  1. Cooperativism in Brazil: The Development Context
  2. Timothy J. Finan
  3. pp. 85-88
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  1. The Evolution of Cooperativism in Brazil
  2. Joana Laura Marinho Nogueira, João Nicédio Alves Nogueira
  3. pp. 89-99
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  1. Atotori: The Discourse and Practice of Sustainability in the Amazon Rain Forest
  2. Jessica Piekielek, Timothy J. Finan
  3. pp. 100-111
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  1. Sharecroppers Transformed: The Case of the Cooperativa dos Produtores do Curupati-Peixe (CPCP)
  2. Luis Barros, Timothy J. Finan
  3. pp. 112-120
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  1. Solidarity, Tension, and Change Along the Amazon River: The Case of ASCOPE
  2. Timothy J. Finan
  3. pp. 121-132
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  1. Bringing Power and History into Cooperative Design: Lessons from AmazonCoop’s “Fair Trade” Partnership Among Indigenous Brazil Nut Harvesters and The Body Shop
  2. Brian J. Burke
  3. pp. 133-148
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  1. Cooperative Experiences in Colombia
  1. Small Producers and Cooperativism in Colombia
  2. Miguel Ricardo Dávila Ladrón de Guevara
  3. pp. 151-160
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  1. Coffee Associations in Colombia: Strategic Changes for Adapting to the Global Context
  2. Luis Alberto Cuéllar Gómez, María Isabel Ramírez Anaya
  3. pp. 161-175
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  1. COLANTA: A Cooperative Unafraid of Change
  2. Lilliana Andrea Ruiz Marín
  3. pp. 176-186
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  1. Rural Savings and Loan Cooperatives: Five Cases in the South of Santander
  2. Sonia Carolina López Cerón
  3. pp. 187-202
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  1. Conclusion: Cooperatives as Change Agents in Rural Latin America: Synthesizing Experiences Across Countries
  2. Marcela Vásquez-León, Brian J. Burke
  3. pp. 203-220
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  1. References
  2. pp. 221-236
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 237-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816541720
Related ISBN
9780816534746
MARC Record
OCLC
969643371
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-04
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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