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The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement and the Struggle for Social Justice in Brazil

Miguel Carter

in Rural Social Movements in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033327
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033327.003.0005
The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement and the Struggle for Social Justice in Brazil

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This chapter discusses and sets the context for the struggle of the MST. It briefly reviews the movement's history, seeks to explain the movement's unusual endurance, and evaluates its main sources of strength. It further probes the MST's reliance on public activism, which is a particular form of social conflict that combines pressure politics and bargaining with state authorities. The chapter ends with an appraisal of the MST's approach to furthering social justice.

Keywords: MST; pressure politics; public activism; social conflict; social justice; state authorities

Chapter.  11616 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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