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Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon

Eve Z. Bratman


Sustainable development is among the foremost ideas that guide societal aspirations around the world. This book interrogates the concept through a critical lens, examining both its history and the trajectory of its manifestations in the Brazilian Amazon. The book argues that sustainable development is a concept that is better understood as involving embroilments and ongoing processes of contestation rather than a single end goal. The research offers historical analysis of Amazonian development from the colonial era into the discourse and praxis of sustainable development in contemporary times, ... More

Keywords: modernity, frontier, infrastructure, dams, agrarian reform, deforestation, developmentalism, environmental conservation, human rights, political ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190949389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190949389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eve Z. Bratman, author
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Franklin and Marshall College