Harvesting change: labor and agrarian reform in Nicaragua, by Laura J. Enríquez

By Laura J. Enríquez

One of many valuable goals of the Sandinista executive in Nicaragua was once to finish the exploitation of the agricultural bad. yet its makes an attempt to advertise balanced monetary improvement and redistribute agricultural assets created hard work shortages that threatened the country's financial lifeline. New employment possibilities created via agrarian reform dissatisfied the fragile stability constructed in pre-revolution years to fulfill the hard work standards of Nicaragua's key plants, cotton and low. Laura Enr?quez studied this challenge largely whereas operating in Nicaragua among 1982 and 1989, and in Harvesting switch she presents a different research of the dilemmas of reform in an agrarian society.Enr?quez describes the normal hard work family of Nicaragua's agroexport construction and descriptions their breakdown as agrarian reform complex. She additionally assesses the choices followed via the Sandinista executive because it tried to deal with the challenge. Her publication is predicated on player commentary and on formal and casual interviews with a extensive pass component of humans desirous about agricultural creation, together with officers fascinated with agrarian reform, making plans, and hard work; manufacturers; staff; and representatives from institutions of growers, employees, and peasants.By featuring agrarian reform in its extensive social context, Enr?quez makes and demanding contribution to our realizing of the issues linked to the transition to socialism within the 3rd international.

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Yet freedom from Spain's domination did not immediately produce strong, individual nation-states. 25 Formal independence came to Central America in 1821. In Nicaragua, independence was followed by a period of anarchy. 26 Several imperial powers (England and later the United States) played these interoligarchical conflicts to their advantage in machinations that would continue until the overthrow of Somoza in 1979. Their explicit interest in Nicaragua derived from its potential as a location for an interoceanic canal.

The modification of Page xv the Agrarian Reform Law in 1986, for example, opened the way for a major expansion in land redistribution. Thus the Postscript attempts to bring the study up to the present time, touching on later occurrences related to the key issues that emerged in the early years of transformation. A variety of methods were used to conduct the research. They included participant observation, formal and informal interviews, and archival research. In-depth interviews were conducted with a cross section of the population connected with agricultural production.

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski gave me helpful suggestions as well. Moreover, Michael Burawoy and Carlos M. Vilas offered insights at critical moments that enabled me to overcome what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. The two anonymous reviewers for the University of North Carolina Press also stimulated me to strengthen the manuscript in innumerable ways. Finally, my editor, David Perry, demonstrated patience without limits and much appreciated sympathy at several traumatic moments, both of which facilitated the success of our joint endeavor.

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