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Title: Capitalism, the state and the peasantry in Mexico : a case study of the Soconusco region in Chiapas
Author: Alvarez Siman, Fernando
ISNI:       0000 0000 3369 3975
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 1990
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This work is concerned with the Mexican peasantry focussing upon the state of Chiapas. To appreciate the structural position of Mexican peasants it is necessary to review the general characteristics of capitalism in Mexico during the present century. This analysis focuses on agriculture as a sector, and on different classes of producers within that sector. Mexico is a developing country which began to industrialise just over 40 years ago. In this process agriculture played an important role externally, as a generator of assets, and internally as a producer of food and cheap labour. The adoption of this development model led to a deterioration in the conditions of the peasant economy. The case study analyses the formative process of coffee plantations in Chiapas, particularly those in Soconusco, because they are considered as the driving force for the growth of capitalism in the state. It is shown that this process of development in rural Chiapas modified the class struggle by transforming the social and productive structure which previously existed. The role of the Mexican Government is also explored.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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