The Struggle for Land: A Political Economy of the Pioneer Frontier in Brazil from 1930 to the Present Day
Widespread violence, legal chicanery and ruthless profiteering have come to characterise the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Brazil. With the advance of this frontier, the pioneering peasants, on the one hand, and large landowners and large economic enterprise, on the other, have become locked in an increasingly bitter struggle for land. In his book, Joe Foweraker draws on extensive empirical research to demonstrate the dimensions and dynamics of the struggle. It is his contention that the process can only be understood in relation to the patterns of economic accumulation in the national society and to the typical forms of political intervention on the frontier. In this way the argument moves beyond descriptive, moral or realpolitik explanations of the political violence and bureaucratic malpractice on the frontier, and integrates these elements into a theoretical account of accumulation and class struggle on the frontier, and of the characteristic mediations of this struggle.
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The pioneer frontier political violence and the peasantry
The process and stages of occupation of land on the frontier
Frontier expansion and the national economy
The legal history of the land on the frontier and the question of dual authority
Law and lawlessness on the frontier and the problem of bureaucratic inertia
Private and public colonisation of the frontier and the pattern of bureaucratic entrepreneurship
The contemporary alliance of state and capital on the frontier and the contradiction within the State
Primitive accumulation and violence on the frontier
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achieved administration agricultural Amazonia analysis apparatuses appropriation articulation bourgeoisie Brazil Brazilian bureaucracy capitalist capitalist mode cattle centralisation centre Chapter CITLA claim coercion colonisation Conceicao conflicts continued countryside created cycle of accumulation Desenvolvimento dominant enterprise estates exploitation expropriation farm finally frontier expansion frontier regions frontier strip growth IBGE IBRA incentives INCRA increased industrial institutions intervention investment ITERPA labour labour control land agencies latifundio legal confusion Lupion Mato Grosso mediation migrants minifundio modes of production national economy occupation organisation Paragominas Pato Branco pattern peasantry peasants period pioneer frontier political population posse posseiro pre-capitalist primitive accumulation private property profit projects regime relations of production reproduction role Santa Catarina Sao Paulo sector SEIPU social relations south of Mato stage structure struggle for land sub-capitalist modes SUDAM surplus surplus-value tion title-holders titles transfer of value violence west of Parana