Taking the land into their hands : the landless workers' movement and the Brazilian state
Meszaros, George . (2000) Taking the land into their hands : the landless workers' movement and the Brazilian state. Journal of Law and Society, Vol.27 (No.4). pp. 517-541. ISSN 0263-323XFull text not available from this repository.
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Institution and constitution building are very much in evidence and continue to lie at the heart of contemporary international governance programmes. The paper explores the underlying limitations of legality and associated institutional frameworks in the light of one of the most significant and, apparently, successful transitions to democracy of recent times, that of Brazil. Against the background of struggles over land, the paper discusses the actions of two leading state institutions specifically charged with implementing the 1988 Constitution, and a social movement, the Landless Workers Movement, which uses mass direct action techniques to demand implementation. Although the study highlights the profound limitations of formal legal processes and institutions, and stresses their socially and politically embedded nature, it also affirms the historical and contemporary significance of the realm of legality in the construction and reproduction of social struggles.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Law and Society|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2000|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 517-541|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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