Underdeveloping the Amazon: Extraction, Unequal Exchange, and the Failure of the Modern State / Edition 1

Underdeveloping the Amazon: Extraction, Unequal Exchange, and the Failure of the Modern State / Edition 1

by Stephen G. Bunker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226080323

ISBN-13: 9780226080321

Pub. Date: 03/28/1990

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Underdeveloping the Amazon shows how different extractive economies have periodically enriched various dominant classes but progressively impoverished the entire region by disrupting both the Amazon Basin's ecology and human communities. Contending that traditional models of development based almost exclusively on the European and American experience of

Overview

Underdeveloping the Amazon shows how different extractive economies have periodically enriched various dominant classes but progressively impoverished the entire region by disrupting both the Amazon Basin's ecology and human communities. Contending that traditional models of development based almost exclusively on the European and American experience of industrial production cannot apply to a regional economy founded on extraction, Stephen G. Bunker proposes a new model based on the use and depletion of energy values in natural resources as the key to understanding the disruptive forces at work in the Basin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226080321
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
Heritage of Sociology Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Glossary of Words and Phrases in Portuguese Used in the Text
Introduction
1. Energy Values in Unequal Exchange and Uneven Development
2. Extractive Economies and the Degradation of Natural and Human Environments
3. The Modern State, Capitalist Expansion, and Amazonian Extraction
4. The Limits of State Power on an Extractive Periphery
5. Power Differentials between Agencies and the Distortion of State Programs
6. The Cost of Modernity: Complex Bureaucracy and the Failure of the Colonization Program
7. Collaboration, Competition, and Corruption in Two Colonization Projects
8. The Failure of Cooperatives
9. Modernizing Land Tenure
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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