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Money from the Government in Latin America
Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Rural Lives

ISBN 9780815387374
Published November 19, 2018 by Routledge
212 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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Introduction: Rearticulations of rural lives through conditional cash transfers

Martin Fotta & Maria Elisa Balen


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


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


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 poverty in 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


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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.