This volume represents recent anthropological research on the political economy of Latin America. Dependency theories, modes of production analysis, and theories of the state all attempt to conceptualize the interrelations among "class," "interest," and, at some level, "power." All three, that is, focus on classical questions of political economy. The studies presented in this volume both draw on the insights of this literature and challenge the grander theories in important respects. The chapters in this volume represent an anthropological contribution to the political economy of Latin America, a bypassing of dependency theory and the adoption of its successors, mode of production analysis and state theory.

chapter 1|5 pages

Anthropology, Capitalism, and the State: Introduction

ByBenjamin S. Orlove, Michael W. Foley

part Part One|61 pages


chapter 2|29 pages

Anthropology, History, and Modes of Production

ByWilliam Roseberry

chapter 3|29 pages

Anthropology and Theories of the State

ByMichael W. Foley, Karl Yambert

part Part Two|229 pages


chapter 5|17 pages

Rural Labor and Income Distribution in Central Chiapas

ByRobert Wasserstrom

chapter 6|28 pages

Agricultural Policy in Mexico: The Limits of a Growth Model

ByAaron E. Zazueta

chapter 9|36 pages

Some Doubts About Trout: Fisheries Development Projects in Lake Titicaca 1

ByBenjamin S. Orlove, Dominique P. LeVieil

chapter 11|31 pages

Neither "Green Gold" nor "The Devil's Leaf": Coca Farming in Bolivia

ByPhillip T. Parkerson

part Part Three|11 pages


chapter 12|9 pages

Room to Maneuver: A Review of the Regions

ByBenjamin S. Orlove