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Occupying Schools, Occupying Land – How the Landless Workers' Movement Transformed Brazilian Education - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers' Movement Transformed Brazilian Education

Rebecca Tarlau


Contrary to the conventional belief that social movements cannot engage the state without becoming co-opted and demobilized, this study shows how movements can advance their struggles by strategically working with, in, through, and outside of state institutions. The success of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) in occupying land, winning land rights, and developing alternative economic enterprises for over a million landless workers has made it an inspiration for progressive organizations globally. The MST’s educational initiatives, which are less well known but equally as important, tea ... More

Keywords: Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), Pedagogy of the MST, Pedagogia do MST, Education of the Countryside, Educação do Campo, social movement strategy, agrarian reform, education and social change, Paulo Freire, popular education, co-governance

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190870324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190870324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Tarlau, author
Postdoctoral Scholar in Education, Stanford University

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