End Of The Peasantry: The Rural Labor Movement in Northeast Brazil, 1961-1988

End Of The Peasantry: The Rural Labor Movement in Northeast Brazil, 1961-1988

by Anthony W. Pereira
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822956187

ISBN-13: 9780822956181

Pub. Date: 03/06/1997

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

The rural labor movement played a surprisingly active role in Brazil’s transition to democracy in the 1980s.  While in most Latin American countries rural labor was conspicuously marginal, in Brazil, an expanded, secularized, and centralized movement organized strikes, staged demonstrations for land reform, demanded political liberalization, and

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Overview

The rural labor movement played a surprisingly active role in Brazil’s transition to democracy in the 1980s.  While in most Latin American countries rural labor was conspicuously marginal, in Brazil, an expanded, secularized, and centralized movement organized strikes, staged demonstrations for land reform, demanded political liberalization, and criticized the government’s environmental policies.

In this ground-breaking book, Anthony W. Pereira explains this transition as the result of two intertwined processes - the modernization of agricultural production and the expansion of the welfare state into the countryside - and explores the political consequences of these processes, occurring not only in Latin America but in much of the Third World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822956181
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/06/1997
Series:
Pitt Latin American Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Awakening of the Unions
1From Peasant Leagues to Unions in Rural Brazil3
2The Past as Prologue
Pt. IIExplaining the New Rural Labor Movement19
3Structural Change and Conservative Modernization39
4The Regulation of Conflict56
Pt. IIIThe Unions in the New Republic
5Sons of Cane: Leadership Dilemmas Within the Unions79
6Sugar with the Taste of Blood: Landlord Violence103
7The Candidates: The Unions and Political Parties119
8The Struggle for Heaven on Earth: Unions and Agrarian Reform136
9Conclusion: The End of the Peasantry150
Appendixes173
Notes189
Glossary207
Bibliography211
Index227

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