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The Deepest WoundsA Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil$
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Thomas D. Rogers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834336

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899588_rogers

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Mo-dernizing the Sugar Industry

Mo-dernizing the Sugar Industry

Cane Expansion and the Path toward Rationalization

(p.99) Four Mo-dernizing the Sugar Industry
The Deepest Wounds

Thomas D. Rogers

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter suggests what workers actually want. The explanation in this chapter depends on an investigation of agricultural change and its reception by both planters and workers. A professionalizing agricultural science sector and federal support began opening up a region that had traditionally operated under the tight control of planters. The intervention met ambivalence, as some planters eagerly adapted, while others were less interested in change. One fruit of the new dialogue between planters and technicians was attention to cane varieties. Varietal management and other new agricultural techniques contributed to a rationalization process that impacted workers directly and sometimes radically. The chapter examines the complex and diverse forms and traditions of payment as well as how their reforms generated conflict. The reaction of Sampaio's field workers to the changes they faced on the job provides insight into these dynamics.

Keywords:   workers, agricultural change, planters, agricultural science sector, cane varieties, varietal management

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