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They Eat from Their Labor: Work and Social Change in Colonial Bolivia
by Ann Zulawski
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995
eISBN: 978-0-8229-7543-4 | Paper: 978-0-8229-8371-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-1183-8
Library of Congress Classification HD8275.Z84 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.360984

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A study of the growth of the indigenous labor force in upper Peru (now Bolivia) during colonial times. Ann Zulawski provides case studies in mining and agriculture, and places her data within a larger historical context than analyzes Iberian and Andean concepts of gender, property, and labor. She concludes that although mercantilism made a critical impact in the New World, the colonial economic system in the Andes was not yet capitalist. Attitudes of both indigenous peoples and Spanish colonizers hindered the process of turning work into a commodity. In addition, the mobilization of labor power both reinforced and undermined each society's ideas about the economic and social roles of men and women.



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