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The Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil: A Bibliography

Tito Bianchi
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
April 2002

Veltmeyer, Henry, & Petras, James, "The Social Dynamics of Brazil's Rural Landless Workers' Movement: Ten Hypotheses on Successful Leadership," Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 39:1 (2002), pp. 79-96.

Lowy, Michael, "The Socio-Religious Origins of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement," Monthly Review, 53:2 (2001), pp. 32-40.

Branford, Sue, "Seeds of Change: Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST) Pioneered Land Reform for the Poor. Now They're Going Organic," Ecologist, 31:4 (2001), p. 56.

Robles, Wilder, "Peasants Speak: The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil," Journal of Peasant Studies, 28:2 (2001), pp. 146-161.

Robles, Wilder, "Beyond the Politics of Protest: The Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil," Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 21:3 (2000).

Meszaros, George, "No Ordinary Revolution: Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement," Race & Class, 42:2 (2000), pp. 1-18.

Martins, Monica Dias, "The MST Challenge to Neoliberalism," Latin American Perspectives, 27:5 (2000), pp. 33-45.

Kane, Liam, "The Landless People's Movement in Brazil (MST)," Studies in the Education of Adults, 32:1 (2000), pp. 36-50.

Navarro, Zander, "Breaking New Ground: Brazil's MST — The Landless Workers' Movement (MST) — is a Savvy Political Movement with an Extraordinary Capacity for Mobilization," NACLA Report on the Americas, 33:5 (2000), pp. 36-39.

Langevin, Mark S. & Rosset, Peter, Land Reform from Below: The Landless Workers Movement in Brazil. Oakland, Calif.: Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1997.

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Hammond, John L., "Legal victory for MST," NACLA Report on the Americas, 33:6 (2000), p. 2.

Abstract: On April 5, 2000, the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST) had a political victory when José Rainha, a prominent MST leader, was acquitted of the 1989 murders of a landowner and a military police officer. This acquittal reversed Rainha's conviction from a previous trial, in which he was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. During the original trial, several witnesses, including a state legislator, supported Rainha's alibi and only one witness placed him at the scene of the crime, a witness who had given conflicting descriptions of the person he claimed was Rainha. Details are provided of the support that Rainha received during the trial, other instances in which Rainha has suffered legal harassment, and another legal victory for the MST.