Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Phillips, Lynne,


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.



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In this thesis I examine household (re)production within the framework of the neoliberal economic and political policies as they have been, and continue to be experienced by small and medium sized cattle ranchers within the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. In so doing, this analysis moves away from purely macro, structural and economic analysis of development, which have long been held as the principle unit of discourse within the various attempts to come to grips with theories of development. To do this I argue that by placing an analysis of culture and hegemony within the wider framework of development theory one will be better able to grasp the creative responses of rural peoples based upon their individual and group experiences with the processes of 'development' and 'modernization'. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1570. Adviser: Lynne Phillips. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.