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Immediate Struggles People, Power, and Place in Rural Spain

ISBN-10: 0520245695

ISBN-13: 9780520245693

Edition: 2006

Authors: Susana Narotzky, Gavin Smith

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This superb historical and ethnographic study of the political economy of the Vega Baja region of Spain, one of the European Union's "Regional Economies," takes up the difficult question of how to understand the growing alienation ordinary working people feel in the face of globalization. Combining rich oral histories with a sophisticated and nuanced structural understanding of changing political economies, the authors examine the growing divide between government and its citizens in a region that has in the last four decades been transformed from a primarily agricultural economy to a primarily industrial one. Offering a new form of ethnography appropriate for the study of suprastate polities and a globalized economy,Immediate Strugglescontributes to our understanding of one region as well as the way we think about changing class relations, modes of production, and cultural practices in a newly emerging Europe. The authors also consider how phenomena such as the "informal economy" and "black market" are not marginal to the normal operation of state and economic institutions but are intertwined with both.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Dramatis Personae
Toward an Anthropological Framework for Studying Contemporary Europe
Conflicting Histories
The Histories of the Regional Political Economy
Regulating Social Life through Uncertainty and Fear
From Insecurity to Dependency
From Insecurity to Movement
Regional Capitalism
Families and Entrepreneurs
Flexible Structures and Torn Lives
The Culture of Politics, the Politics of Culture
The Power of Ethnography
Notes
References Cited
Index