Developmental Projects and Violence in Rural Brazil: The Case of Hydroelectric Dams

In: Connected Accountabilities: Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship
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Andréa Zhouri
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Raquel Oliveira
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In Brazil, the process of mundialization has resulted in an intensive exploitation of natural resources, which aggravates the use of marginal economic areas and the expansion of the economic frontiers through territories occupied by family agriculture and ethnic minorities.1 Hence, one can observe the creation of conflict zones involving locals, State sectors and entrepreneurial segments. This process is evident in the policies for the expansion of electric power generation. Based on research about the environmental licensing processes of hydroelectric dams in southeastern Brazil, this paper focuses on conflicts, at times violent, involving local people and public policies which are market oriented.

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