Synopses & Reviews
The Brazilian government's effort to develop the immense Amazon region has created widespread controversy. Written in a clear, nonacademic style, Victims of the Miracle is the first in-depth account by an anthropologist of the social and environmental impact of the Amazon development program. Shelton Davis begins with an examination of the economic history of the Amazon Basin from World War II through the building of the Trans-Amazon Highway in 1970. He then analyzes contemporary Indian policy in Brazil and discusses the effects that highway construction and mining development projects have had on a number of Indian tribes. He also describes the rise of agribusiness in Brazil and the environmental damage caused by the recent deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon.
The first in-depth account by an anthropologist of the social and environmental impact of the Amazon development program.
Table of Contents
1. Brazilian Indian policy: an historical overview; Part I. The Economic History of the Brazilian Amazon, 1940 to 1970: 2. Development plans in the postwar period; 3. The significance of the military coup of 1964; Part II. Contemporary Indian Policy in Brazil, 1970 to 1975: 4. The Villas Boas brothers and Indian policy in Brazil; 5. Pacification expeditions along the Trans-Amazon highway network; 6. The invasion of the Aripuanā Indian Park; 7. Indain policy and the amazon mining frontier; Part III. The Social and Ecological Effects of the Polamazônia Program, 1975 to 1979: 8. The rise of agribusiness in Brazil; 9. The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon; 10. The Amazon Basin: implications for US foreign policy in Brazil; Notes; Bibliography; Index.