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With All Due Respect: Popular Resistance to the Privatization of Communal Lands in Nineteenth-Century Michoacan

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dc.contributor.author Purnell, Jennie en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:28Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-20 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-20 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3122
dc.description.abstract "The article explores popular opposition to the nineteenth-century liberal laws that mandated privatization of the communal lands held by Indian communities in Mexico. It argues that peasants in Michoacan responded to the reparto with a complex mixture of resistance, negotiation, and accommodation in attempts to retain local control over the definition and distribution of property rights and to defend local religious and political institutions. The first section provides a brief overview of liberal thinking and legislation on the privatization of communal lands, highlighting the legal and ideological ambiguities and contradictions that provided opportunities for resistance and negotiation. The second section explores how and why peasants so often opposed the reparto in Michoacan, stressing the complex nature of popular resistance and state responses to it. The third section offers a brief overview of nineteenth-century agrarian development in Michoacan as background for the two case studies of the politics of privatization at the local level. Zacapu peasants managed to delay the reparto for thirty-five years but ended up losing much of their land to state tax officials and neighboring landowners. San Juan Parangaricutiro successfully retained its substantial woodlands as communal property, even as local mestizo elites appropriated the best of cultivated land as private property. The article concludes with a comparative analysis of the liberal reparto in the two communities, linking the different outcomes to peasant partisanship in the agrarian and political struggles of the Mexican Revolution." en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject privatization en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject social movements en_US
dc.title With All Due Respect: Popular Resistance to the Privatization of Communal Lands in Nineteenth-Century Michoacan en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Mexico en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Latin American Research Review en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 34 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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