Encampment time : an anthropological analysis of the land occupations in Brazil
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Loera, Nashieli Cecília Rangel [UNESP]
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In this article the social trajectory of a land occupation participant, an encamped woman (Edesmaria) who is a member of an extended landless family, is closely examined in order to demonstrate the inner workings of what is called 'the world of land occupations' in Brazil. Through a native expression (encampment time), it is demonstrated that nowadays, for some individuals, involvement in land occupations and landless workers' movements represents not just an opportunity to claim a parcel of land, but, even more importantly, a chance for social mobility and recognition. In this sense, encampment time is a social code and, as such, it not only quantifies the amount of time spent in a given encampment, but it is also a marker of prestige and status as well as a principle that organises and orders social relations in the land occupation world.
landless movements, camps, encampment time, world of land occupations
The Journal of Peasant Studies, v. 37, n. 2, p. 285-318, 2010.