Subversive Subsistence: Paraguay's Threat of Rural Insecurity and the Criminalization of Campesino Resistance

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Title:
Subversive Subsistence: Paraguay's Threat of Rural Insecurity and the Criminalization of Campesino Resistance
Author:
Ramírez, Jacobo Xavier
Issue Date:
2017
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In Paraguay's rural northeast, small-scale farmers, called campesinos, are targeted by the military as sympathizers for El ejército del pueblo paraguayo (EPP), an alleged terrorist group comprising only 15 - 80 members nationwide. Since 2013, President Cartes' administration has used a threat of rural insecurity to militarize campesino settlements that are peacefully resisting displacement from foreign agroindustry. This thesis considers perspectives from campesinos both living in the countryside and imprisoned in the national penitentiary to examine effects of increased militarization. Testimonies demonstrate that a discourse of rural terrorism serves as a legitimizing mechanism to criminalize and eliminate campesino movements as obstacles to agroindustrial expansion.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Campesinos; Criminalization; EPP; Subsistence farming; Terrorism
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Latin American Studies
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Vásquez-León, Marcela

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleSubversive Subsistence: Paraguay's Threat of Rural Insecurity and the Criminalization of Campesino Resistanceen_US
dc.creatorRamírez, Jacobo Xavieren
dc.contributor.authorRamírez, Jacobo Xavieren
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractIn Paraguay's rural northeast, small-scale farmers, called campesinos, are targeted by the military as sympathizers for El ejército del pueblo paraguayo (EPP), an alleged terrorist group comprising only 15 - 80 members nationwide. Since 2013, President Cartes' administration has used a threat of rural insecurity to militarize campesino settlements that are peacefully resisting displacement from foreign agroindustry. This thesis considers perspectives from campesinos both living in the countryside and imprisoned in the national penitentiary to examine effects of increased militarization. Testimonies demonstrate that a discourse of rural terrorism serves as a legitimizing mechanism to criminalize and eliminate campesino movements as obstacles to agroindustrial expansion.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
dc.subjectCampesinosen
dc.subjectCriminalizationen
dc.subjectEPPen
dc.subjectSubsistence farmingen
dc.subjectTerrorismen
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineLatin American Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorVásquez-León, Marcelaen
dc.contributor.committeememberVásquez-León, Marcelaen
dc.contributor.committeememberOsborne, Tracey N.en
dc.contributor.committeememberOglesby, Elizabeth A.en
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