Latin American Studies - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Hegemony under 'socialism' : a case study of Granma in Cubacby Alexandre Leger.

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2003
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Thesis
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Theses (Latin American Studies Program) - / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The both of us have battled: the practices and politics of female partners in the Canadian Season Agricultural Workers Program

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2007
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Through an analysis of qualitative, ethnographic data, I locate the narratives of nine Mexican women married to migrants within the context of capitalist globalization, state policies, and local gender ideologies. In doing so, I advocate for a theoretical approach to migration which combines elements of structural theories of migration and network theoretical approaches. These women’s narratives position them at the juncture of capitalism and other social relations, and show them to be active agents in migration. Not only is their labour critical to the maintenance of migration patterns and the capitalist relations into which migrants and non-migrants are incorporated, but women’s labour is also imbued with social meanings.

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Latin American Studies Program - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Post-neoliberal images: film policy in Colombia and its lessons for developing countries

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2007
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After neglecting the film sector for almost a decade, Latin American governments have reestablished support and protection policies since the mid-1990s. This recent effort occurs amidst opposition from market-oriented trends in the international context and national pressure to support other sectors such as education, health and pove rty. This research proposes an evaluation model defined as the Incipient Model of Sectoral Promotion and Cultural Consumption (IMSPCC) to analyze whether film policies in developing countries are worthwhile. The policy framework in Colombia serves as the case study to answer the general research question. As the results of the IMSPCC suggest, the Colombian model is in transition to overcome longstanding bottlenecks, and generating sustainability, mainly supported by the cultural diversity discourse of governmental and nongovernmental actors. This hopeful approach contrasts with limited outcomes in terms of extensive cultural access for consumers, equal gains for all stakeholders and fair conditions for film workers.

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Latin American Studies Program - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Ocupar, resistir, producir. The recuperated factories of Argentina

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2007
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This study focuses on the recuperated factories movement (ERT) of Argentina, its dynamics, and outcomes. It investigates the ways in which the political and economic strategies of the ERT movement have affected workers’ views of their social role, and their class position. Although the ERTs originate from workers’ necessity to maintain their place of work and earnings, they have engendered deep transformations including modes of production, ownership of knowledge, redistribution of wealth, and patterns of social interaction. These changes are reflected in new worker identities that, despite being tied to the historical class consciousness of Argentina’s working-class, bring elements of divergence with a classic Marxist interpretation of consciousness. This study reflects on the characteristics of this new socio-political identity and its association with historical practices and perspectives. It also elaborates on the economic, political, and social implications of this new consciousness.

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Latin American Studies Program - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Exposing market-led Agrarian reform: A case study of the land fund in Guatemala

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2007
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In recent years Market-Led Agrarian Reform has been promoted in the global South as a more effective approach than State-Led Agrarian Reform. This thesis uses in-depth qualitative research to assess the experience of several Guatemalan communities in their quest to obtain land through Guatemala’s market Assisted land distribution program over the past 10 years. Six categories are used to evaluate MLAR in Guatemala: the pace and efficiency of reform; the extent to which complementary reforms have been enacted; accessibility to participants; quality of land; technical assistance available; and access to start-up capital and markets for agricultural production. The findings of this thesis support the conclusions made by a number of researchers assessing other country experiences with MLAR that this type of land distribution program is fairly ineffective at redistributing land or fostering sustainable rural livelihoods in Latin America.

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Latin American Studies Program - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The Sunflower Project – improving the quality of life of women living with HIV/AIDS in Colombia

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2006
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The experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS were studied by means of the analysis of how a government and non-governmental project have improved their lives. In Colombia, the ratio of infected men to infected women was 7:1, in 2002, indicating great women suffering from HIV/AIDS. In-depth, semi-structured, open-ended interviews were applied to explore women’s journeys, their relationship to health services and their experiences of stigmatization and discrimination. Women involved participate in the Sunflower Project, a grassroots initiative also called the Colombian Network of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, and the Mother-to-Child-Transmission Project, a government initiative. Examinations of the programs outcomes show the need for more information; education and empowerment allow women to continue their journeys towards self-determination. Findings highlight women perceptions of life improvement with social network support and economic stability as a result of their participation in these projects. Such projects are essential for women with AIDS.

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Thesis
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Latin American Development Studies - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Kept in, kept out : the formation of racial identity in Brazil, 1930-1937

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Date created: 
1996
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Latin American Studies Program) - / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Capital and class in Cuban development : restructuring the socialist economy

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1996
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Spanish and Latin American Studies) - / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)