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Colombia: Social Structure and the Process of Development
Colombia Social Structure and the Process of Development Author:T. Lynn Smith After almost a quarter of a century of observing and analyzing society in the Republic of Colombia, T. Lynn Smith is uniquely qualified to examine the accelerating process of development of this nation where the traditional organization of society is giving way to the dynamic forces of change. In this book Dr. Smith, using a wide variety of sour... more »ces including the Census of Agriculture of 1959 and 1960, examines the most important factors influencing the transformation of Colombian society.
An adequate sociological study of Colombia must begin with an examination of the ownership of the land and the size of the land holdings. As is true of most of Latin America, the possession of large concentrations of land by a comparatively few owners has been the greatest contributor to the molding of Colombian society. The first chapter of this book is concerned with landownership, and particularly with the large landed estates, since any effective development of the nation must first eliminate the iniquities of the hacienda system which prevents the growth of a large rural middle class.
From this primary point of departure the following chapters investigate the legally chaotic state of land tenure; the outdated and ineffective system used in land surveys and recording the titles to the land; antiquated and unproductive systems of agriculture; the various agrarian reform programs which have been used in an attempt to direct the development of the nation; the effect of the patterns of settlement on the inhabitants of the land; the structure and development of the Colombian communities; and the class structure and social stratification which until recently has precluded the growth of a substantial middle class between the terratenientes at the upper level of society and the large mass of campesinos at the bottom. Fortunately, the sharp line of division between these two classes seems to be diffusing, and the great void between the elite and the mass is beginning to be filled by a middle class which is needed in an economically and socially developed society.
This is Vol. 1. There are 2 others. Terrific for age. Has thin paper jacket which has some wear, including a small hole. Book itself is a beautiful dark, mottled, green with gold lettering. Not yellowing.« less