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Sugarcane Labor in Brazil

  • Terry-Ann JonesEmail author
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Abstract

The book begins with a cursory discussion of the history of Brazil’s sugarcane industry and some of the past and contemporary challenges, particularly with regard to the use of labor, from slave labor to the current model of recruiting seasonal domestic migrants from less affluent northeastern states. Brazil’s social and economic structures facilitate the stark inequalities among citizens that produce this type of seasonal migration. This chapter examines the social structures that were created during the early, colonial period of sugarcane production, probing the divisions among citizens that have endured to the present time. The chapter also discusses contemporary forces that sustain the dynamics of inequality, such as globalization, and the workers’ resistance to exploitation through efforts such as the landless workers’ movement.

Keywords

Brazil Sugarcane Slavery Colonialism Latifundia MST 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyFairfield UniversityFairfieldUSA

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