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Land and Freedom


The Zapatistas of Chiapas and the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil are often celebrated as shining examples in the global struggle against Neoliberalism. But what have these movements achieved for their members in more than two decades of resistance and can any of these achievements realistically contribute to the rise of a real alternative?
Through a perfect balance of grassroots testimonies, participative observation and consideration of key debates in development studies, agrarian political economy, historical sociology, and critical political economy, ‘Land and Freedom’ compares, for the first time, the Zapatista and MST movements. Casting a spotlight on their resistance to globalising market forces Vergara-Camus gets to the heart of how these movements organise themselves and how territorial control, politicisation and empowerment of their membership and the decommodification of social relations are key to understanding their radical development potential.

Subtitle: The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism
Author: Vergara-Camus, Leandro
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781780327426
Pages: 232
Language: English
Publisher: Zed Books
Publisher's city: London
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