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Voices from the Global Margin: Confronting Poverty and Inventing New Lives in the Andes

 
 
 
 
Voices from the Global Margin: Confronting Poverty and Inventing New Lives in the Andes
Author: William P. Mitchell
ISBN 13: 9780292713000
ISBN 10: 292713002
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: 2006-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $27.95
 
 

Voices from the Global Margin looks behind the generalities of debates about globalization to explore the personal impact of global forces on the Peruvian poor. In this highly readable ethnography, William Mitchell draws on the narratives of people he has known for forty years, offering deep insight into how they have coped with extreme poverty and rapid population growth--and their creation of new lives and customs in the process. In their own passionate words they describe their struggles to make ends meet, many abandoning rural homes for marginal wages in Lima and the United States. They chronicle their terror during the Shining Path guerrilla war and the government's violent military response. Mitchell's long experience as an anthropologist living with the people he writes about allows him to put the stories in context, helping readers understand the impact of the larger world on individuals and their communities. His book reckons up the human costs of the global economy, urging us to work toward a more just world.