Anthropology Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Journal

Journal of Latin American Studies

Volume

47

Issue

4

First Page

781

Last Page

809

URL with Digital Object Identifier

DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X1500084X

Abstract

Anthropological analysis elucidates how discourses about agriculture in one North-east Brazilian community reflect relational roles of citizens and the state, the position of farmers in society, and the relationship of individuals to their work. In these discourses, farmers are positioned as moral, hard-working, autonomous citizens, justifying their participation in low-paying activities. The declining numbers of agricultural workers is explained as a result of individual laziness or government irresponsibility. In using these discourses to take stances publicly on agricultural issues, speakers assign responsibilities and moral status to agents. In constructing rural identities, such moral discourses emphasise the symbolic value of subsistence agriculture as its economic value declines.

Notes

This is the accepted manuscript published in the Journal of Latin American Studies. available at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X1500084X

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Citation of this paper:

KAREN PENNESI (2015). Constructing ‘Farmer’ and ‘State’ Identities in Moral Discourses about Semi-subsistence Agriculture in North-east Brazil. Journal of Latin American Studies, 47, pp 781-809 doi:10.1017/S0022216X1500084X

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