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El asociacionismo como agente modernizador. El Sindicato de Vega de Villalobos (Zamora), 1921-1936


  • Elisa J. Sánchez-Pérez

    (Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC))


In 1922 the members of the Sindicato Agrícola (Agrarian Association) of Vega de Villalobos (Zamora) bought a large extension of dry land. This purchase drastically changed the property structure of the village. There is no information about any other such important land transaction in the village. It was the existence of this Association what allowed the village farmers to organize themselves and buy the land. Historiography about agrarian associations of small landowners at local level at the beginning of the xx century describes this type of associations focusing on two aspects: the landowner elite’s use of them in order to exert social control, and the associations ability in the modernisation of the agrarian techniques. This study proposes the inclusion of a new factor in this characterisation: the capacity to transform the organisation forms and the collective decision-making in rural areas. The basic sources of this research are the Sindicato record together with interviews to informants.

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  • Elisa J. Sánchez-Pérez, 2008. "El asociacionismo como agente modernizador. El Sindicato de Vega de Villalobos (Zamora), 1921-1936," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 46, pages 47-63, diciembre.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2008:i:46:m:december:p:47-63

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    1. Samuel Garrido Herrero, 2003. "El primer cooperativismo agrario español," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 44, pages 33-56, April.
    2. Juan Pan-Montojo, 1997. "La naissance des associations agraires en Espagne 1833-1898," Histoire, économie & société, Programme National Persée, vol. 16(2), pages 167-188.
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    associations; social capital; agrarian catholic associations; analysis of collective decision-making; land ownership;

    JEL classification:

    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • N34 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: 1913-
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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