By Leandro Vergara-Camus
The Zapatistas of Chiapas and the Landless Rural Workers' stream (MST) of Brazil are frequently celebrated as shining examples within the worldwide fight opposed to neoliberalism. yet what have those pursuits accomplished for his or her participants in additional than twenty years of resistance and will any of those achievements realistically give a contribution to the increase of a plausible substitute? via an ideal stability of grassroots tales, participative statement and attention of key debates in improvement reviews, agrarian political financial system, ancient sociology and important political economic climate, Land and Freedom compares, for the 1st time, the Zapatista and MST activities. Casting a focus on their resistance to globalizing industry forces, Vergara-Camus will get to the center of the way those hobbies set up themselves and the way territorial regulate, politicization and empowerment in their club and the decommodification of social relatives are key to realizing their radical improvement potential.
'This booklet represents a huge new tackle emblematic Latin American social pursuits. whereas so much scholarship has analyzed every one of them individually, from quite a few disciplinary viewpoints, few have in comparison and contrasted them, regardless of the same impression they've got either had on flow pondering around the globe. This e-book is especially fresh, in that it's maybe the single significant piece of scholarship to check them throughout the lens of peasant studies.'
Peter Rosset, El Colegio de los angeles Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico, and the Land examine motion community (LRAN)
'Today's ancient fight by way of peasants, indigenous peoples and rural staff is for a substitute for neoliberal globalization. This booklet engagingly and vividly provides voice to the subaltern sessions and their collective attempt to create new groups and team spirit networks. this is often certainly a ground-breaking and compelling work.'
Cristóbal Kay, foreign Institute of Social experiences, The Hague
'The attraction of this publication lies in its finished comparability of 2 relatively certain agrarian social activities in the present neoliberal conjuncture. Vergara-Camus casts a severe lens on a grounded old research of those iconic struggles, their political, financial, cultural and institutional kinfolk, and their successes and screw ups. it is a path-breaking contribution to the 'peasant question'.'
Philip McMichael, Cornell collage, writer of nutrients Regimes and Agrarian Questions
'In this provocative and detailed e-book, Vergara-Camus compares and contrasts the $64000 new types of socioeconomic interplay the agricultural terrible of Brazil and Mexico have built via collective motion. in the context of capitalist hegemony, unheard of wealth focus and the unfold of authoritarian regimes, Vergara-Camus demonstrates how huge peasant pursuits have labored to build replacement egalitarian societies, the place the money nexus doesn't reign splendid, making the booklet crucial studying for someone drawn to modern radical social change.'
Clifford Andrew Welch, São Paulo Federal University
'Land and Freedom deals an unique and compelling concept of peasant struggles that problem neoliberal globalization. Vergara-Camus aptly compares the contributions of MST and EZLN to contest neoliberal hegemony from the floor up. they've got empowered the varied peasant category they symbolize as educators in citizenship, category strength and self-government for the subaltern periods. A needs to learn for college kids of development.'
Professor Gerardo Otero, Simon Fraser University
'This is a primary booklet for a person who desires to comprehend the anti-capitalist course created via modern peasant rebellions. Vergara-Camus examines the influence of land struggles which, within the Nineteen Nineties, challenged the 'neoliberal consensus' in Mexico and Brazil. those pursuits have given the realm a brand new political language, and feature received a extra dignified existence for his or her impoverished members.'
Débora Lerrer, Centre for improvement, Agriculture and Society, Rio de Janeiro