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Forced Labour in Brazil: A Study of the Global and Local Forces that Influence Rural Coercive Work in Brazil.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following thesis is an investigation of the actors, the forces and the conditions contributing to the phenomenon of forced labor in the Brazilian countryside. The paper begins by providing a relevant historical background to the problem of coercive labor, starting with the colonial legacy of slavery, dating back to the 16th century and leading up to the present. The aim is to explore the role of local actors, in particular landowners, gatos and the ‘enslaved’ (or workers coerced into forced labor) in constituting and re-constituting this phenomenon. At the same time the influence of local actors is contextualized in light of broader transnational processes, such as the spread of capitalism and neo-liberal globalization.

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2012. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Latin American Studies, Studies on Labour and Globalization, Brazilian Forced Labour
National Category
Humanities Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-72169OAI: diva2:489743
2012-01-13, Stockholm University, Sal A5105, Universitetsvägen 10 B, 10691, Stockholm, 12:37 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-02-03 Last updated: 2012-02-15Bibliographically approved

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