"Includes a thorough historical overview of the changing Bolivian economic and political circumstances that have made the Santa Cruz region so attractive to migrants. . . . Well written"—Choice
"This outstanding analysis of international migration is the kind of regional study carried out a generations of so ago by geographers. Now a brilliant anthropologist has . . . written a vivid account of the settlement of Santa Cruz (city and province) by highlanders and their interethnic relations with Lowlanders."—Latin America in Books
In this case study of highland Bolivians who move to the lowlands, the author places her firsthand information against the backdrop of traditional and nascent migration patterns. The highlanders see migration not as a negative even in their lives but as a rational choice to leave their grave economic problems behind and seek to expand their economic resources. They carry with them their language, dress, occupations, and housing patterns and keep themselves apart culturally and physically from the lowlanders. The development of Santa Cruz is a microcosm of what is occurring elsewhere in Latin America.
Allyn MacLean Stearman is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She spent four years in Bolivia in the 1960s as a member of the Peace Corps and returned in 1975, 1978 and 1980 for research.