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Thesis (Open Access)

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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology


Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty Advisor(s)

Tom Love

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In 1968 the Peruvian governement was overtaken by a military coup, ushering in the agrarian reform-a system of land distribution that would irrevocably change the country. Concepción, a member of the land-owning elite, lived in a time and place at the very heart of the agrarian reform. As both a woman and acting manager for her family's haciendas during the 1950s and 1960s, she provides an excellent case study of how Peru's national agrarian reform policies changed the lives of land-owners in the highlands of Ayacucho. I will use her life to do an ethnography of the particular to examine the central need for region-level analysis when studying the agrarian reform. Examination of class structure, racial differences, gender, and landownership show that rather than being truly revolutionary, the agrarian reform was just the final straw for a system already in steep deterioration.

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