Communal Land Ownership in Chile : The Agricultural Communities in the Commune of Canela, Norte Chico (1600-1998) book cover
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Communal Land Ownership in Chile
The Agricultural Communities in the Commune of Canela, Norte Chico (1600-1998)

ISBN 9781138718296
Published October 29, 2019 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2002. While capitalism continues to convert former communal land into private property, communal ownership still exists throughout the world. By examining the agricultural communities of Chile's semi-arid Norte Chico region where the land commons are predominant, Gloria Gallardo Fernandez investigates the historical origins, emergence, socio-economic context and current development of this form of land tenure. The case study is contrasted with communal land areas in Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK, whose distinct historical and socio-politcal developments are also explored. This investigation documents almost four centuries, stemming from colonial archival sources, and thus fills the theoretical and empirical gap in the literature about this form of commons.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, List of Tables, Preface, List of Abbreviations, List of Equivalences and Measures, PART 1: GENERAL INTRODUCTION, 1. Introduction, 2. Overview of the Chilean Land Tenure Structure and the Socio-Economic Setting of the Study Object, 3. On Agricultural Communities and their Geographical Setting, PART 2: THE HISTORICAL PAST, 4. Land Tenure Formation in Colonial Chile, 5. The Hacienda El Totoral and the Agricultural Community of Canela Baja: a Common Introduction, 6. The Hacienda El Totoral: the Development Path of Private Property, 7. Historical Formation of the Agricultural Community Canela Baja: a Reconstruction, PART 3: CONTEMPORARY HISTORY, 8. The Agricultural Community Canela Baja and the Struggle for Espiritu Santo, 9. Fundos and Communities Ending the 1900s, 10. The Common Denominator, Primary Sources and Literature, Appendix 1: Present surnames in the community Canela Baja, Appendix 2: Short description of the survey, Appendix 3: Other services in the commune of Canela, Index

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