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The Brazilian Catholic Church and the Struggle for Land in the Amazon

Madeleine Cousineau Adriance
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 377-382
DOI: 10.2307/1386886
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386886
Page Count: 6
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The Brazilian Catholic Church and the Struggle for Land in the Amazon
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Abstract

In the Amazon region, long-standing inequality of social class is exacerbated by the violence and lawlessness characteristic of a frontier area. Peasant farmers often are victimized by violence on the part of wealthy ranchers and land speculators. The strongest voice for the rights of the farmers has been coming from the Roman Catholic Church through two vehicles: the Pastoral Land Commission and base communities. This article, which is based on 107 in-depth interviews conducted in three states in northern Brazil, investigates the means by which these two vehicles have been supported rural mobilization.

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