The Struggle for Land: A Political Economy of the Pioneer Frontier in Brazil from 1930 to the Present Day

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 15, 2002 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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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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Contents

The pioneer frontier political violence and the peasantry
3
The process and stages of occupation of land on the frontier
27
Frontier expansion and the national economy
58
The legal history of the land on the frontier and the question of dual authority
83
Law and lawlessness on the frontier and the problem of bureaucratic inertia
106
Private and public colonisation of the frontier and the pattern of bureaucratic entrepreneurship
128
The contemporary alliance of state and capital on the frontier and the contradiction within the State
150
Primitive accumulation and violence on the frontier
169
The frontier and the reproduction of authoritarian capitalism
187
The frontier and the formation of the Brazilian State
209
Bibliography
235
Other primary sources
237
Secondary sources
241
Interviews
251
Index
256
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