Settlers and Squatters: The Production of Social Inequalities in the Peruvian Desert
Astrid Stensrud focuses on the driving forces behind social differences in southern Peru
Astrid B. Stensrud discusses the production of social inequalities in the Majes Irrigation Project in southern Peru. The chapter demonstrates how families experience debt and uncertainty and yet continue struggling to get ahead in a precarious economy. Stensrud argues that inequality is embedded in the historical intersectionality of class formations, gender and conceptions of race and that these differences have not diminished with various attempts of social reform. On the contrary, social inequality has increased during the past three decades of neoliberalism, with more insecure conditions for farming and work.