Latin American class structures: their composition and change during the last decades.

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The three definitional criteria used for 'mapping' class structure are ownership of the means of production, control over the labour power of others, and mode of remuneration. From these five classes are derived: dominant, bureaucratic-technical, formal proletariat, informal petty bourgeoisie, and informal proletariat. Tentative numerical estimates of these classes are provided, and illustrates the way in which this 'map' of the class structure helps redefine the meaning of three major contemporary trends in Latin America: accelerated income concentration; relative stagnation of employment in the modern sector of the economy; increasing incidence of popular protests and mobilization in the cities.-after Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-39
Number of pages33
JournalLatin American Research Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Development
  • Anthropology
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  • Literature and Literary Theory


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