To Inherit the Earth The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil

ISBN-10: 0935028900

ISBN-13: 9780935028904

Edition: 2003

Authors: Wendy Wolford, Angus Lindsay Wright

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In the country with the widest income gap between rich and poor and where millions of children fend for themselves on city streets, one of the world's most successful grassroots social movements has arisen. To Inherit the Earth tells the dramatic story of Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement, or MST-millions of desperately poor, landless, jobless men and women who, through their own nonviolent efforts, have secured rights to over 20 million acres of farmland. Not only are the MST fighting for their own rights, they are transforming their society into a more just one-and their approach may offer the best solution yet to Brazil's environmental problems in the Amazon and elsewhere. Authors Wright and Wolford put the movement in its historical, political, and environmental context, trace its growth, and address the issues the MST faces going forward. And throughout, they share dozens of personal stories of people in the movement--stories filled with tremendous courage, personal sacrifice, faith, humor, drama, and determination.
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Institute for Food & Development Policy/Food First Books
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Publisher's Note / About the Authors
Map of Brazil
Introduction: To Inherit the Earth
The Frustrating Trap of Inequality
A Way Out of the Trap?
History's Geography: The Organization of This Book
Chronology: Some Important Dates in Brazilian and MST History
Glossary: Acronyms and Portuguese Terms
Fulfilling a Promise: The Beginnings of the Landless Movement in Rio Grande Do Sul
Decades of Dictatorship: Repression, Religion and Resistance
The Beginnings of Agrarian Reform in Rio Grande do Sul
Life in the Camp: Hardship and Community
New Thought, New Speech, New Action: The Grass Roots of Political Change
The Church Brokers a Respite
Victory for the Settlers and the Formation of the MST
Sarandi: The Challenges of Settlement
"The Land Is Only the First Step": Pernambuco and Northeastern Brazil
Agrarian Reform and the New Democracy
The Northeast of Brazil: Legacies of Poverty and Impunity
A History of Resistance: Quilombos, Canudos and the Peasant Leagues
The MST and the Struggle for Land in Pernambuco
"The Land Is Only the Beginning": Facing the Hurdles of Sustainable Reform
Small-Scale Farmers in a Large-Scale Landscape: The Challenges of Catalunha and Ouro Verde
Agrarian Reform in the Northeast: A Balance Sheet
Beyond the Lure of the Amazon
The Amazon: What's at Stake? Who Decides
The Transformation of the Amazon
Visiting MST Settlements and the Carajas Mine
Where the MST Stands in the Amazon, and Who Stands with It
Making a Life on Palmares II
The Dialectic of Amazonian Development
Assessing the MST
Is Life Better on the Settlements?
"Agrarian Reform Light": Assessing the Government's Approach
Land Reform Around the World: The Legacies of US Policy and Influence
Avoiding the Dependency Trap
Agrarian Reform, Legal Impunity and the Future of Land and Forests
The MST and Revolution
The Creation of Citizenship and the Fight Against "Politics as Usual"
The MST and Civil Society in Brazil
The MST in the International Context
Children of the MST and the Future
Postscript: The Lula Government
Further Reading
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