Promotion of contentious agency as a rewarding movement strategy : evidence from the MST-paper industry conflicts in Brazil

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Kröger , M 2011 , ' Promotion of contentious agency as a rewarding movement strategy : evidence from the MST-paper industry conflicts in Brazil ' , Journal of Peasant Studies , vol. 38 , no. 2 , pp. 435-458 . https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2011.559016

Title: Promotion of contentious agency as a rewarding movement strategy : evidence from the MST-paper industry conflicts in Brazil
Author: Kröger, Markus
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2011-03-24
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Journal of Peasant Studies
ISSN: 0306-6150
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/154656
Abstract: The recent scholarship on social movement outcomes has called for explanations about how movements influence economic outcomes. This article demonstrates in practice how a dynamic and relational approach, coupled with a Bourdieuian analysis of social, symbolic, and territorial space, can be utilized in explaining the influence of movements in contentious politics around investment projects. Based on participant observation and comparison across the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) groups in areas of paper industry expansion, I assess the different movement strategies and their influence on pulp project outcomes. I reinterpret the ideal ‘MST model’ as constructed by specific strategies promoting contentious agency: organizing and politicizing, campaigning by heterodox framing, protesting, networking, and embedded autonomy vis-a-vis the state. A Qualitative Comparative Analysis comparing the expansion of 13 pulp holdings between 2004–2008 shows how these strategies influence investment pace. When both contentious and conventional strategies were used, movements managed to slow pulpwood plantation expansion.
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