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Money from the Government in Latin America

Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Rural Lives, 1st Edition

Edited by Maria Elisa Balen, Martin Fotta

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It has been almost two decades since conditional cash transfer programs first appeared on the agendas of multilateral agencies and politicians. Latin America has often been used as a testing ground for these programs, which consist of transfers of money to subsections of the population upon meeting certain conditions, such as sending their children to school or having them vaccinated. Money from the Government in Latin America takes a comparative view of the effects of this regular transfer of money, which comes with obligations, on rural communities.

Drawing on a variety of data, taken from different disciplinary perspectives, these chapters help to build an understanding of the place of conditional cash transfer programsin rural families and households, in individuals’ aspirations and visions, in communities’ relationships to urban areas, and in the overall character of these rural societies.

With case studies from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Colombia, this book will interest scholars and researchers of Latin American anthropology, sociology, development, economics and politics.

Reviews

"This urgently-needed volume reveals the power of a technically savvy, yet conceptually sophisticated, anthropology to confront the social policy question of our time: Do the conditional cash transfers (CCTs) represent the ideal paradigm for fighting social injustice in the twenty-first century? Both critical and even-handed, these chapters reveal the faulty premises and unintended consequences of such policies and open new vistas for progressive state action." -- Aaron Ansell, Assistant professor of Anthropology, Virginia Tech, USA, author of Zero Hunger: Political Culture and Anti-poverty Policy in Northeast Brazil, University of North Carolina Press

"Cash transfers are widely accepted as effective palliatives in efforts to alleviate extreme poverty. But we know little about their impact on the individuals, households and communities that they serve. Fotta and Balen have assembled a rich collection of ethnographic case studies which analyse the micro-social dynamics of these programmes, revealing their effects on class, gender and ethnic relations. The editors provide fresh critical perspectives on the cash transfer phenomenon, challenging scholars and policymakers to think carefully when weighing up the positives and negatives of these programmes. This is not only a most welcome contribution to the debate on social protection but shows how essential social analysis is for the domain of public policy." -- Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology, University College London, UK, editor of The Social and Political Potential of Cash Transfers, Routledge

"Written by a select team of specialists from several disciplines, and [deploying] a comparative perspective, the book highlights the diverse meanings that money from conditional cash transfer policies assumes in rural communities across Latin America, and is thus fundamental reading for academics, students, and policy makers." -- André Pires, Professor of Anthropology, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil, author of Ruralidades em Transformação: Agricultores, Caseiros e Moradores de Condomínio, Annablume

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Rearticulations of rural lives through conditional cash transfers

Martin Fotta & Maria Elisa Balen

PART 1: GLOBAL CCT REPERTOIRES AND ITS LOCAL TRANSLATIONS

1. Gendering and engendering capital: Conditional cash transfers in Indigenous and rural households, Yucatan, Mexico

Andrés Dapuez

2. Filling the belly and feeding the mind? Bolsa Família and the building of children’s human capital in rural Amazonia

Barbara A. Piperata

3. Peruvian mothers contending with conditional aid and its selective inattention to the conditions of rural life

Tara Patricia Cookson

PART 2: CCTs ORGANISING COMMUNITY RELATIONS

4. Fragmented rural communities: The faenas of Prospera at the interface of community cooperation and state dependency

Clément Crucifix & Solène Morvant-Roux

5. Empowering women? Conditional cash transfers in Mexico

Birgit Schmook, Nora Haenn, Claudia Radel & Santana Navarro-Olmedo

6. Money from above: Cash transfers, moral desert and enfranchisement among Guaraní households of the Argentine Chaco

Agustin Diz

7. Dangerous desires: The affects (and affections) of cash transfer programs among the Kalapalo from the Aiha village (Upper Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil).

Marina Pereira Novo

PART 3: ENVISIONING FUTURES THROUGH CCTS

8. From surprise to anticipation: Money, state and the future of social protection among displaced peasants in El Carmen de Bolívar, Colombia.

Maria Elisa Balen

9. Beyond cash, beyond conditional: Ingreso Ético Familiar and the senses of povertyin a group of Mapuche women

Marjorie Murray & Gabriela Cabaña

10. Saying no: Bolsa Família, self-employment, and the rejection of jobs in northeastern Brazil

Gregory Duff Morton

Afterword: From affirmative to transformative distributive politics

Jonathan DeVore

Index

About the Editors

Maria Elisa Balen is Associate Researcher at the Grupo de Protección Social in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia’s Centro de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo, Colombia.

Martin Fotta is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Latin American Development

The series features innovative and original research on Latin American development from scholars both within and outside of Latin America. It particularly promotes comparative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate. To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POL057000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American