ERIC Number: ED032987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Minifundia Economy and Society of the Guatemalan Highland Indian.
Hill, George W.; Gollas, Manuel
This study of the Minifundia society in the Guatemalan Highlands was intended to describe and analyze the social and economic complex within which these Mayan Indians lived and carried on their system of traditional agriculture. A random sample of 348 families were interviewed and results were reported. According to the survey the average household contained 5 members who provided the main labor force for the family farm. Almost 95 percent of the farmers claimed to own all or part of their land. Income from farming was low, and farmers supplemented their earnings either by engaging in various business ventures or by obtaining agricultural or industrial employment. The survey indicated that 62 percent of the farmers interviewed were illiterate, and 16 percent of those who were literate had never received any formal education. Only 26 percent of the children older than 7 years were attending school, while 54 percent had never enrolled in school and 29 percent had dropped out after enrollment. Tables are used extensively to present data resulting from the study. (TL)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, American Indians, Economically Disadvantaged, Family (Sociological Unit), Farmers, Illiteracy, Interviews, Latin American Culture, Living Standards, Migration Patterns, Rural Economics, Rural Environment, Rural Population, Social Characteristics, Social Environment, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Land Tenure Center.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Guatemala; Maya (People