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Capital expansion process at the stage of accumulation by dispossession in rural territories of the global South: comparative analysis in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

Grant number: 15/14318-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2015
Effective date (End): October 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Bernardo Mançano Fernandes
Grantee:Luis Felipe Rincón Manrique
Supervisor: Saturnino Borras
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Netherlands  
Associated to the scholarship:13/20189-0 - Rural social classes, socio-territorial conflicts, and rural development in the regime of accumulation by dispossession: a comparative study in rural regions of Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, BP.PD


In the 21st century, capital is going through a renewed stage of accumulation by dispossession of the natural common goods which the countries of the "global South" have; based on three main strategies: i) production of agro-commodities, ii) mineral and energy projects, iii) real estate/tourist enterprise and land grabbing. In this paper we analyze the processes and transformations that capital at its stage of accumulation by dispossession creates in rural territories of South-American countries. However, in order to acquire a better understanding of the local and regional processes, it is necessary to open a dialog with the productive, political and developmental processes from the perspective of the global South, once these countries share historical processes of political, economic and social exclusion. We propose to analyze these processes comparatively in countries which witness the current ways of capitalist expansion of the global South (South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia), which demonstrate profound transformations in their territories. We intend to: i) Delve into the documentary revision of the south-south relationships. ii) Conduct fieldwork in the rural communities of these countries. iii) Discuss the theoretical and methodological advances and the preliminary findings of the research with the ISS working team. iv) Write two articles to be published and participate in scientific meetings with the main findings. v) Contribute to the theoretical and methodological discussion about the topic with teachers, researchers, students of the Núcleo de Estudos, Pesquisas e Projetos de Reforma Agraria- NERA, and the postgraduate Program of Geography FCT/UNESP. vi) Strengthen bonds of cooperation between institutions and workgroups. This paper is divided into six parts: introduction, justification, objectives, methodology, information systematization and schedule. (AU)

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