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Globalization in the Amazon Region : conflicting answers from " Quilombo " communities

Abstract : Globalization is a process that encompasses the accelerated and simultaneous circulation of ideas, goods, and human beings (Appadurai, 1996). In an Amazonian context, this chapter aims at analyzing the impacts of particular land status ownership on the resilience and flexibility of traditional communities facing globalization (Kramer et al, 2009). Our work focuses mainly on the status of Quilombola, which we approach on the basis of two case studies in the Brazilian Amazon: one (the village of Cunani) in the Amapá state and the other one (the village of Abuí) in the Pará state. They experience contrasting demographic trends. The Cunani population, still waiting for its legal recognition, is decreasing. The village of Abuí, however, is included within a recognized quilombola land, its leaders are involved in the famous quilombola movement of the Rio Trombetas,and its population is increasing. While unveiling the current land-use situation, we investigate the benefits and consequences of two emerging commercial activities - ranching and açaí extraction. We study how the acquisition of land rights facilitates adaptation to the new economic context of the Amazon region.
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Florent Kohler, Ludivine Eloy, François-Michel Le Tourneau, Claire Couly, Stéphanie Nasuti, et al.. Globalization in the Amazon Region : conflicting answers from " Quilombo " communities. Piachura Piotr. New knowledge in a new era of Globalization, InTechWeb, pp.269-284, 2011. ⟨halshs-00620735⟩



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