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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226080321
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Series: Heritage of Sociology Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.64 (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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