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Date of this Version

Spring 1983


Published in Journal of Anthropological Research 39:1 (Spring 1983), pp. 119-121. Copyright 1983 University of New Mexico.


The Guatemalan peasant system of twenty to thirty years ago is rapidly changing into something else-not quite peasant-like and not quite industrial. The author uses demographic information in the form of birth and death registration (from 1877 on), as well as data from national censuses, to discuss the demographic transition and how it parallels Guatemala's socioeconomic evolution. The book is divided into six parts, of varying utility and interest, linked by the common theme of Guatemalan demography.

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