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Work, spatial mobility and social transformation: rural workers trajectories in the Eastern Amazon

Grant number: 11/22692-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal researcher:Fernando Antonio Lourenço
Grantee:Gil Almeida Felix
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/09175-8 - Academic interlocution and conceptual and theoretical studies in overexploitation of labor and spatial mobility, BE.EP.DR


Last two decades has been steady and increasingly frequent reports of slave labor or degrading treatment involving rural workers in Brazil, reaching large numbers especially in regions actually called new frontiers in Amazon. Such complaints have been voiced as expressions of the delay, described as archaic ways of exploitation that would take place late in the corners of the country and, therefore, would be replaced and / or overcome by economic and social development or a qualified state intervention. In this sense, the project aims to analyze the social trajectories established by workers from one of these regions, considering the social conditions that allow specific forms of spatial mobility and overexploitation of labor and its possible relationship to the processes of regional and global capitalist accumulation occurred in the last three decades. To this end, through secondary sources and field research, surveys and analyzes data of a particular social group of workers in transit or established in the municipalities of Ourilândia do Norte, Tucumã and São Felix do Xingu in southern Pará, region studied by the researcher since 2005.

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
FELIX, Gil Almeida. Work, mobility, circulation : the labour-power in movement. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas.

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