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Agrarian structure and the organization of peasant households: A comparison of two Guatemalan Ladino villages.


The classic approach to the agrarian transition holds that the penetration of capitalism in agriculture results in the concentration of the means of production and the dissociation of direct producers from their productive assets. Although it is conceded that factors specific to agriculture may delay such outcomes, it is believed that the peasantry will eventually dissolve itself into one of the two basic classes of capitalist society. This agrarian transition is further presented as necessary to the development of capital as the land, labor and products of agriculture are needed by industry for the provision of its raw materials, labor force and cheap wage goods.