Political Economy of Rural Development

Edited by Rosemary E. Galli

Subjects: Third World Studies
Hardcover : 9780873954846, 270 pages, June 1981
Paperback : 9780873954853, 270 pages, June 1981

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Table of contents



Part One: Introduction

Chapter One
Concepts for the Analysis of Contemporary Peasantries

Henry Bernstein

Part Two: Integrated Rural Development

Chapter Two
Colombia: Rural Development as Social and Economic Control

Rosemary E. Galli

Chapter Three
Integrated Rural Development in Papaloapan, Mexico

Hannes Lorenzen

Chapter Four
Ujamaa: The Aggrandizement of the State

Bruno Musti De Gennaro

Part Three: Rural Development for the Rich

Chapter Five
The World Bank—FIRA Scheme in Action in Tempoal, Veracruz

Ernest Feder

Chapter Six
Needless Hunger: Poverty and Power in Rural Bangladesh

Elizabeth Hartmann and James K. Boyce

Part Four: Conclusion

Chapter Seven
Rural Development and the Contradictions of Capitalist Development

Rosemary E. Galli

Notes on the Contributors





This volume is concerned with integrated social and economic development in the Third World. It directs special attention to the psychological manipulation of peasants in order to keep them on the land and, where possible, make them more productive.

In Part One, Henry Bernstein outlines and illustrates concepts for the analysis of contemporary peasantries. His introduction provides a general, historical framework for understanding the relationship of contemporary peasantries to "modernization. " It is followed, in Parts Two and Three, by case studies of programs in Colombia (Rosemary E. Galli), Mexico (Hannes Lorenzen and Ernest Feder), Tanzania (Bruno Musti de Gennaro), and Bangladesh (Elizabeth Hartmann and James K. Boyce). In Part Four, Rosemary Galli offers a concluding essay on "Rural Development and the Contradiction of Capitalist Development. "

In this book, empirical evidence combines with personal experiences to cut through the rhetoric of those who consider "the underdeveloped nation" as an abstract unit. It reveals the variety of contemporary rural development strategies. From their synthesis emerges a picture of the internal political configuration of underdevelopment—the role of international capital and technology in rural areas and in assessment of the impact upon peasant farmers. This book persuasively argues that international agencies, supporting and supported by national governments and elites, promote development policies inimical to the welfare of rural cultivators.

Rosemary E. Galli is a member of the Department of Government and Politics at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont.