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Life is Hard

Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua

By (author) Roger N. Lancaster
Format: Hardback
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkerley, United States
Published: 1st Jan 1993
Dimensions: w 160mm h 237mm d 30mm
Weight: 600g
ISBN-10: 0520079248
ISBN-13: 9780520079243
Barcode No: 9780520079243
Synopsis
Roger Lancaster reveals the enduring character of Nicaraguan society as he records the experiences of three families and their community through times of war, hyperinflation, dire shortages, and political turmoil. Through candid discussions with young and old Nicaraguans, men and women, Lancaster constructs an account of the successes and failures of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, documenting the effects of war and embargo on the cultural and economic fabric of Nicaraguan society. He tracks the break-up of families, surveys informal networks that allow female-headed households to survive, explores the gradual transformation of the culture of machismo, and reveals a world where heroic efforts have been stymied and the best hopes deferred.

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