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PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [Emory University] On: 18 March 2010 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 731757831] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37- 41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Journal of Peasant Studies Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713673200 Are Latin American peasant movements still a force for change? Some new paradigms revisited James Petras a ; Henry Veltmeyer b a Adjunct Professor, International Development Studies, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada b Professor of Sociology and International Development, International Development Studies, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada To cite this Article Petras, James and Veltmeyer, Henry(2001) 'Are Latin American peasant movements still a force for change? Some new paradigms revisited', Journal of Peasant Studies, 28: 2, 83 — 118 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/03066150108438767 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150108438767 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material.
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Are Latin American Peasant Movements Still a Force for Change? Some New Paradigms Revisited JAMES PETRAS and HENRY VELTMEYER This article is a critique of structuralist and postmodern approaches to the study of agrarian reform and the viability, nature and significance of peasant and landless movements in Latin America. Contrary to the dominant structuralist view, we argue that peasant and landless workers' movements in Latin America are not anachronistic but dynamic modern classes, which in many contexts play a major role in opposing the dominant neoliberal agenda. Against postmodern interpretations of such grassroots agrarian movements, we also argue that in terms of action and programme, peasant and landless workers' movements have raised fundamental class issues, in some instances combining them with ethnic demands. Deploying a reconstituted class analysis, we examine four cases of peasant/landless workers movements currently challenging state power: the Rural Landless Workers Movement in Brazil, the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colombia, the National Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities in Ecuador, and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico.
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