Land Occupations, Violence, and the Politics of Agrarian Reform in Brazil

@article{Hammond2009LandOV,
  title={Land Occupations, Violence, and the Politics of Agrarian Reform in Brazil},
  author={John L. Hammond},
  journal={Latin American Perspectives},
  year={2009},
  volume={36},
  pages={156 - 177}
}
Landless farmworkers in Brazil typically occupy land that is legally eligible for expropriation, but the state normally does not expropriate until a land occupation forces the hand of authorities. Landowners and local authorities in the Brazilian countryside frequently respond to occupations with violent repression. Their action reflects the hybrid character of the Brazilian state, modern and rational in cities and at the federal level but, in many rural areas, still clientelistic and marked by… Expand

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