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Movimentos Sociais, Disputas Políticas e Reforma Agrária de Mercado no Brasil

13 Mar 2003

  • Author(s): Leonilde Servolo de Medeiros


This book, co-published with the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, is available in Portuguese.

Demands for agrarian reform in Brazil reflect social pressure from local and national peasants’ organizations and movements, and institutional support networks that channel these demands. During this process, the concept of agrarian reform itself has come to mean different things to the different social forces concerned. Meanings and expectations may depend on structural issues, for example, or political alliances. The protagonists of land struggle - rural workers and, more recently, groups of settlers in urban peripheries, agribusiness, "latifundists" and state agencies - also impose deep changes to its meaning.

This publication situates the terms of the debate on basic social transformations in Brazil, by means of mapping the conditions in which the proposal for market led agrarian reform emerged, and the criticisms this initiative generated.

Leonilde Servolo de Medeiros is Professor in the Curso de Pósgraduação em Desenvolvimento, Agricultura e Sociedade da Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (CPDA/UFRRJ), Brazil.

Movimentos Sociais, Disputas Políticas e Reforma Agrária de Mercado no Brasil is co-published with Curso de Pósgraduação em Desenvolvimento, Agricultura e Sociedade da Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (CPDA/UFRRJ), paperback, ISBN 85-85720-31-X, 27 pages, 2002.

Order from: CPDA/UFRRJ-Editora da Universidade Rural, Avenida Presidente Vargas 417, 6º andar 20071-003, Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil. Phone: (55 21) 2682-1201, 2682-1210.