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Immediate Struggles: People, Power, and Place in Rural Spain

Susana Narotzky and Gavin Smith


This 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 question of how to understand the growing alienation ordinary working people feel in the face of globalization. Combining oral histories with a sophisticated and nuanced structural understanding of changing political economies, the chapters in this book 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 into a primarily indu ... More

Keywords: Vega Baja, Spain, European Union, globalization, class relations, modes of production, cultural practices, informal economy, black market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245686
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susana Narotzky, author

Gavin Smith, author