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Agribusiness, Campesino Land Movements, and a Right Wing Coup

How did Paraguay's dictatorship (1954-1989) shape today's social structure and the ways in which social movements challenge neoliberal policies and conservative political groups? First introducing contemporary Paraguayan political history and the ongoing struggle for democracy, the talk will interrogate the rise of a progressive government and the parliamentary coup that brought it down. Illuminating the crucial role of the agribusiness sector in driving the overthrow, as well as the politics of land redistribution that were ultimately explosive, this talk looks South to inform attendants about the realities of agricultural justice in neoliberal regimes.


Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House Dining Room and Sunroom

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Delia Deckard, Natalie M