Challenging Social Inequality:
The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Agrarian Reform in Brazil
Public Lecture and Book Launch
Dr Miguel Carter
Director, DEMOS – Centro para la Democracia, la Creatividad y la Inclusión Social
6:30 PM, Thursday, October 22nd
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU
Challenging Social Inequality: The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Agrarian Reform in Brazila by Dr Miguel Carter from ANCLAS on Vimeo.
In Challenging Social Inequality, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars and development workers explores the causes, consequences, and contemporary reactions to Brazil's sharply unequal agrarian structure. They focus on the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST)—Latin America's largest and most prominent social movement—and its ongoing efforts to confront historic patterns of inequality in the Brazilian countryside.
"This collection offers as definitive a history of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers as is now possible. The contributors examine the movement's founding and rapid expansion in every state; its conflicts with landowners and political authorities; its methods, grassroots practices, and achievements in seeking to impart the arts of husbandry, equality, and democracy to the rural third of the nation, which is largely landless, hungry, and bereft of the means of citizenship. Challenging Social Inequality is a complete guide to a social movement of enormous importance, one comparable to the civil rights movement in the United States particularly with respect to its capacity to mobilize, raise consciousness, and bring about change." — Ralph Della Cava, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University
Miguel Carter is the Founding Director of a new research center in Paraguay, DEMOS – Centro para la Democracia, la Creatividad y la Inclusión Social. Prior to this he served as a Scholar in Residence and Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service. Carter received his Doctorate in Political Science at Columbia University in New York, and served as a Research Fellow in Politics at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Brazilian Studies. Carter is also the author of two forthcoming books, For Land, Love & Justice: The Origins of Brazil’s Landless Social Movement (with Duke University Press) andStroessner Vive: Legados Autoritarios y Democracia en el Paraguay, 1989-2008 (with Servilibro in Asunción). In addition, he has published several articles and chapters on the struggle for land reform in Brazil, Paraguay’s democratic transition, and civil society development in Latin America. Carter has consulted for numerous international development organizations, including the UNDP, The World Bank, and Creative Associates, and served with Paraguay’s leading human rights organization, the Comité de Iglesias para Ayudas de Emergencia (CIPAE). He is currently leading the effort to establish a Commission for Democracy in Latin America in collaboration with the government of Uruguay and a network of prominent Latin America experts in democracy and human rights.
The lecture is followed by refreshments. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.