The Politics of Agrarian Reform in Brazil

The Landless Rural Workers Movement

  • Authors
  • Wilder Robles
  • Henry Veltmeyer

Part of the Social Movements and Transformation book series (SMT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 1-15
  3. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 17-35
  4. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 37-64
  5. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 65-84
  6. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 85-104
  7. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 105-123
  8. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 125-142
  9. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 143-169
  10. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 171-187
  11. Wilder Robles, Henry Veltmeyer
    Pages 189-195
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 197-231

About this book

Introduction

The Politics of Agrarian Reform in Brazil examines the interrelationships among peasant mobilization, agrarian reform and cooperativism in contemporary Brazil. Specifically, it addresses the challenges facing peasant movements in their pursuit of political and economic democracy. The book takes as a point of reference the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), the most dynamic force for progressive social change in Latin America today. Robles and Veltmeyer argue that the MST has effectively practiced the politics of land occupation and the politics of agricultural cooperativism to consolidate the food sovereignty model of agrarian reform. However, the rapid expansion of the corporate-led agribusiness model, which is supported by Brazil's political elite, has undermined the MST's efforts. The authors argue that despite intense peasant mobilization, agrarian reform remains an unfulfilled political promise in Brazil.

Keywords

Peasant movements agrarian reform rural development agricultural co-operativism development Historical Background politics poverty quality reform

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137517203
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57747-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51720-3
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