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7 - Complexity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 May 2021

Case Watkins
Affiliation:
James Madison University, Virginia
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Drawing on probate inventories and other archives, agronomic reports and publications, Brazilian census data, and ethnography, this chapter analyzes the long march of modernization in Bahia’s dendê economy. It begins by detailing the remarkable preindustrial development achieved by rural agrarian communities with virtually no support or recognition from elite planters or public officials. It then demonstrates how government agronomists, unable to recognize the ancestral wisdom and resilience embedded in Bahia’s dendê economy, began working to impose “order and progress” on the Dendê Coast. Yet despite the drastic power imbalances and capitalized markets working in its favor, Brazil’s top-down campaign of palm oil modernization produced unexpected and mixed results. Rather than simplified, modern monocultures and hierarchical economies of scale, Bahia’s dendê landscapes, cultures, and economies (re)emerged as complex, contested, and fluid socioecological assemblages.

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Palm Oil Diaspora
Afro-Brazilian Landscapes and Economies on Bahia's Dendê Coast
, pp. 218 - 259
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Complexity
  • Case Watkins, James Madison University, Virginia
  • Book: Palm Oil Diaspora
  • Online publication: 20 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108778893.008
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  • Complexity
  • Case Watkins, James Madison University, Virginia
  • Book: Palm Oil Diaspora
  • Online publication: 20 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108778893.008
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  • Complexity
  • Case Watkins, James Madison University, Virginia
  • Book: Palm Oil Diaspora
  • Online publication: 20 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108778893.008
Available formats
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