The Genesis of Capitalism Amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money

  title={The Genesis of Capitalism Amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money},
  author={Michael K. Taussig},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={130 - 155}
  • M. Taussig
  • Published 1 April 1977
  • Economics
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
What does wage labor and capital mean to a peasantry that is subjected to rapid rural proletarianization and what is the basis of that meaning? I wish to discuss an aspect of this question in the light of certain ideological reactions manifested by a South American lowland peasantry as expanding sugar plantations absorb their lands and peasants are converted into landless wage laborers. In the southern extremities of the Cauca Valley, Colombia, it is commonly thought that male plantation… 

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