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Connecting individual trajectories and resistance movements in Brazil
KOINONIA, Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue for the Amazon, São Paulo, Brazil.
Federal University of Uberlandia, Uberlandia, Brazil.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2021 (English)In: Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1, p. 339-364Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyses social protests against environmental degradation in Brazil in a context of expanding capitalist relations of production and agribusiness. Data on agrarian protests reveal the main strategies carried out by peasants and small farmers in their struggles for land. The growth of agrarian and environmental conflicts reveals the destructive power of corporations, agribusiness and the state as they threaten nature, labour, local economies and popular cultures, and thus life in general. In a second part the chapter follows the individual trajectories of peasants and rural workers who became leaders of women's movements and trade unions resisting environmental destruction and creating commons communities. They recount how they have learned to become part of the resistance in local unions and political movements and parties. Present as a salient element in all life histories was Liberation Theology, which created a lasting legacy of values centred on justice, fairness and a concern for people and nature.

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1. p. 339-364
Keywords [en]
Land struggles, Environment, Labour, Liberation theology, Commons, Social movements, Women's movements
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187902DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_15Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85160475114ISBN: 9783030719081 (print)ISBN: 9783030719098 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-187902DiVA, id: diva2:1597078
Available from: 2021-09-24 Created: 2021-09-24 Last updated: 2023-06-08Bibliographically approved

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