End Of The Peasantry

The Rural Labor Movement in Northeast Brazil, 1961–1988

A richly textured and balanced analysis of Pernambuco's 'sugar zone' economy and the local labor movement during the 1961-88 period. . . . [The book] provides a stimulating addition not only to our understanding of recent Brazilian history but also to the complicated—and critically important—trajectory of democratic transitions presently taking place throughout Latin America.
Perspectives on Political Science

The rural labor movement played a surprisingly active role in Brazil’s transition to democracy in the 1980s. While in most Latin American countries rural labor was conspicuously marginal, in Brazil, an expanded, secularized, and centralized movement organized strikes, staged demonstrations for land reform, demanded political liberalization, and criticized the government’s environmental policies.
In this ground-breaking book, Anthony W. Pereira explains this transition as the result of two intertwined processes – the modernization of agricultural production and the expansion of the welfare state into the countryside – and explores the political consequences of these processes, occurring not only in Latin America but in much of the Third World.

232 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

March, 1997

isbn : 9780822956181

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Anthony W. Pereira

Anthony W. Pereira is associate professor of political science at Tulane University. He is the author of The End of Peasantry: The Emergence of the Rural Trade Union Movement in Northeast Brazil, 1961Ð1988, and coeditor of Irregular Armed Forces and Their Role in Politics and State Formation.

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