This book by Italian scholar Luca Fanelli is no doubt a sound methodological achievement, as well as a sound study in one of the most pressing problems in Latin America today: the relationship between land, migration, and changes in peasant life. In fact, the agrarian problem might well be the most important problem in Latin America’s history, but rarely do we have the opportunity to tease apart the complex relationship between rural and urban areas from the point of view of the people who live in them. Fanelli studied the peasant movement in the Paraná region of Brazil, and his methodology is at least as original as his goals. His study is framed as part of a long-lasting debate over the complex relationship between city and countryside in Latin America. In fact, as Fanelli clearly points out, there are two opposing interpretations to...

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