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The genocidal trail of agrarian capitalism: Guarani-Kaiowa’s struggle for survival

Ioris, Antonio A. R. ORCID: 2023. The genocidal trail of agrarian capitalism: Guarani-Kaiowa’s struggle for survival. The Review of Black Political Economy 10.1177/00346446231182340

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Although genocide is an expression commonly used today in relation to the dramatic challenges faces by indigenous peoples around the world, the significance of the Guarani–Kaiowa genocidal experience is not casual and cannot be merely sloganised. The indigenous genocide unfolding in the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul – Kaiowcide – is not just a case of hyperbolic violence or widespread murdering, but it is something qualitatively different from other serious crimes committed against marginalised, subaltern communities. Kaiowcide is actually the reincarnation of old genocidal practices of agrarian capitalism employed to extend and unify the national territory. In other words, Kaiowcide has become a necessity of mainstream development, whilst the sanctity of regional economic growth and private rural property are excuses invoked to justify the genocidal trail. The phenomenon combines strategies and procedures based on the competition and opposition between groups of people who dispute the same land and the relatively scarce social opportunities of an agribusiness-based economy. Many lessons must be learned and could directly contribute to improve democracy, justice and the rule of law in the country.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0034-6446
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 May 2023
Date of Acceptance: 11 May 2023
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 00:00

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