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Peasant farming in the Southern Tracts of the Amazon: The reluctant alterity of agribusiness

Ioris, A 2019. Peasant farming in the Southern Tracts of the Amazon: The reluctant alterity of agribusiness. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 18 (4) , 12341525. 10.1163/15691497-12341525

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This article examines the main tendencies and perspectives of peasant family farming (PFF) in agricultural frontiers such as the Amazon. The ontological features of PFF are discussed, in particular the multiple associations with, and subsumption to, agribusiness. Due to national politico-economic pressures, the Amazon was reinvented half a century ago as a vibrant agricultural frontier that attracted a vast contingent of migrants due to coordinated government plans and, in more recent years, the cultivation of export-oriented crops. One very intriguing feature of this dynamic geography is that small family farming represents the Other of capitalist agriculture, but it functions as a hesitant form of alterity that both resists and fulfils agribusiness.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISSN: 1569-1500
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 13 June 2019
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2020 13:47

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