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In 1976, the political sociologist of Africa, Gavin Williams, controversially ‘took the part of peasants’ in an essay, the critique of which had far-reaching impacts. Africa’s common man was then a peasant. In this article, the method of his essay is used to structure a review of petty commodity...
The growing demand for ethanol has resulted in an expansion of the production of sugarcane in Brazil. Several studies have reported the degrading conditions and labour that have resulted in negative physical and psychological impacts, leaving workers with signs of illness. This has helped to...
This article recuperates the links between imperialism and primitive accumulation, arguing that the two are inherently connected. It undertakes a review of the literature to show that the links are deeper than is often recognized, as in the work of David Harvey. It also maps the stages of...
This article identifies the historical process through which the social category of the ‘landless’ was produced in Brazil, as well as the subsequent growth of a social movement claiming this category, between 1960 and 1980. The article analyzes two moments in which the landless appear, the first...
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