It has been almost two decades since conditional cash transfer programs first appeared on the agendas of multilateral agencies and politicians. Latin America has often been used as a testing ground for these programs, which consist of transfers of money to subsections of the population upon meeting certain conditions, such as sending their children to school or having them vaccinated. Money from the Government in Latin America takes a comparative view of the effects of this regular transfer of money, which comes with obligations, on rural communities.

Drawing on a variety of data, taken from different disciplinary perspectives, these chapters help to build an understanding of the place of conditional cash transfer programsin rural families and households, in individuals’ aspirations and visions, in communities’ relationships to urban areas, and in the overall character of these rural societies.

With case studies from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Colombia, this book will interest scholars and researchers of Latin American anthropology, sociology, development, economics and politics.

chapter |24 pages


1Rearticulations of rural lives through conditional cash transfers
ByMartin Fotta, Maria Elisa Balen

part I|54 pages

Global CCT repertoires and their local translations

chapter 1|17 pages

Gendering and engendering capital

26Conditional cash transfers in indigenous and rural households, Yucatan, Mexico
ByAndrés Dapuez

chapter 2|19 pages

Filling the belly and feeding the mind?

Bolsa Família and the building of children’s human capital in rural Amazonia
ByBarbara A. Piperata

part II|66 pages

CCTs organizing community relations

chapter 4|16 pages

Fragmented rural communities

81The faenas of Prospera at the interface of community cooperation and state dependency
ByClément Crucifix, Solène Morvant-Roux

chapter 5|17 pages

Empowering women?

Conditional cash transfers in Mexico
ByBirgit Schmook, Nora Haenn, Claudia Radel, Santana Navarro-Olmedo

chapter 6|16 pages

Money from above

Cash transfers, moral desert and enfranchisement among Guaraní households of the Argentine Chaco
ByAgustin Diz

chapter 7|15 pages

Dangerous desires

The affects (and affections) of cash transfer programs among the Kalapalo from the Aiha village (Upper Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil)
ByMarina Pereira Novo

part III|48 pages

Envisioning futures through CCTs

chapter 8|15 pages

From surprise to anticipation

147Money, state and the future of social protection among displaced peasants in El Carmen de Bolívar, Colombia
ByMaria Elisa Balen

chapter 9|16 pages

Beyond cash, beyond conditional

Ingreso Ético Familiar and the senses of poverty in a group of Mapuche women
ByMarjorie Murray, Gabriela Cabaña

chapter 10|15 pages

Saying no

Bolsa Família, self-employment, and the rejection of jobs in northeastern Brazil
ByGregory Duff Morton

chapter |12 pages


From affirmative to transformative distributive politics
ByJonathan DeVore