Frontiers of Development in the Amazon: Riches, Risks, and Resistances contributes to ongoing debates on the processes of change in the Amazon, a region inherently tied to the expansion of internal and external socio-economic and environmental frontiers. This book offers interdisciplinary analyses from a range of scholars in Europe, Latin America, and the United States that question the rationale and the range of socio-ecological impacts of development by examining the theoretical, methodological, and empirical dimensions of frontier-making. Contributors focus on the complex politics of economic growth and socio-spatial inequalities shaped by institutional, economic, and political forces, placing them in relation to ethical, imaginary, and symbolic elements. In doing so, the contributors explore the dynamic production of identities, values, and subjectivities, covering migratory patterns, property relations, policy-making, power struggles, and intensive—at times violent—clashes. Among other topics, this book assesses the recent encroachment of export-driven agribusiness into the Amazon Region in the context of recolonization, resource and labor exploitation, and contradictory programs of modernization and national integration. Scholars of Latin American studies, international development, environmental studies, and applied social sciences will find this book particularly useful.
ANTONIO AUGUSTO ROSSOTTO IORIS is reader in human geography and director of the graduate program on environment and development in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University.
RAFAEL R. IORIS is associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Denver and affiliated faculty in the Latin American Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
SERGEI SHUBIN is associate professor of human geography at Swansea University.
Gustavo S. Azenha, Fabio de Castro, Marcos Colón, Frederico Freitas, Maria Fernanda Gebara, Lynn Holland, Antonio Augusto Rossotto Ioris, Rafael R. Ioris, Paul E. Little, João Pacheco de Oliveira, Aaron Schneider, Tatiana Schor, Sergei Shubin