'An important new take on two emblematic Latin American social movements. This book is particularly refreshing, in that it is perhaps the only major piece of scholarship to compare them through the lens of peasant studies.'
Peter Rosset, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico, and the Land Research Action Network (LRAN)
'This book engagingly and vividly gives voice to the subaltern classes and their collective effort to create new communities and solidarity networks. This is indeed a ground-breaking and compelling work.'
Cristóbal Kay, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
'The appeal of this book lies in its comprehensive comparison of two quite distinct agrarian social movements within the current neoliberal conjuncture. This is a path-breaking contribution to the peasant question.'
Philip McMichael, Cornell University, author of Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions
'In this provocative and unique book, Vergara-Camus compares and contrasts the important new models of socioeconomic interaction the rural poor of Brazil and Mexico have developed through collective action. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary radical social change.'
Clifford Andrew Welch, São Paulo Federal University
'Offers an original and compelling theory of peasant struggles that challenge neoliberal globalization. A must read for students of development.'
Gerardo Otero, Simon Fraser University
'A fundamental book for anyone who wants to understand the anti-capitalist path created by contemporary peasant rebellions. Vergara-Camus examines the impact of land struggles which, in the 1990s, challenged the "neoliberal consensus" in Mexico and Brazil. These movements have given the world a new political language, and have won a more dignified life for their impoverished members.'
Débora Lerrer, Centre for Development, Agriculture and Society, Rio de Janeiro