Following the 1952 revolution in Bolivia, both state and international aid agencies channelled capital and technology to regional elites for the development of large-scale cash-crop agriculture in the lowland frontier. In this book, the author examines the contradictory path taken by capitalist development in the region over the last thirty years,
Table of Contents
Introduction -- From Latifundia to Agricultural Enterprise -- The Expansion of Capitalist Agriculture -- Frontier Settlement and Proletarianization -- Proletarianization and the Peasant Household -- Settlers Become Entrepreneurs -- Agricultural Cooperatives and Rural Development -- The Agro-Industrial Bourgeoisie, Economic Crisis, and the Cocaine Trade -- Economic Crisis and Social Change in the 1980s -- Conclusion
Lesley Gill received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. She was a visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia in 1984-1985 and is currently affiliated with the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in La Paz, Bolivia.