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It's All About Power: The Political Economy and Ecology of Redefining the Brazilian Amazon
The Sociological Quarterly (1999)
  • Paul Ciccantell
Abstract

What happens to rural communities in remote raw materials-rich regions when their definitions of the region's natural resources are confronted with competing and incompatible definitions presented and enforced by external actors? The social constructionist approach in environmental sociology provides an essential counterbalance to environmental determinism, but this article argues that in many contexts social construction is actually a process of the imposition of external actors' material interests over the objections of local groups. New historical materialism, via an interdisciplinary and multimethod research strategy, analyzes the changing definitions and uses of the Brazilian Amazon as a revelatory case study of the political economy and ecology of this process and its consequences for nature, rural communities, and indigenous peoples.

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Publication Date
1999
Citation Information
Paul Ciccantell. "It's All About Power: The Political Economy and Ecology of Redefining the Brazilian Amazon" The Sociological Quarterly Vol. 40 Iss. 2 (1999)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paul_ciccantell/24/