Shifting frontier dynamics in Latin America

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Abstrakti

The concepts of resource frontier and commodity frontier are often treated interchangeably. This article suggests the benefits of clarifying these concepts because frontiers remain important analytics for understanding drastic land-use changes and other socio-environmental transformations. Based on long-term field research in different parts of South and Central America, we use frontier concepts as heuristic devices to analyze heterogeneous frontier situations and make broader generalizations. Our synchronic and diachronic analyses of frontier dynamics elucidate different frontier modalities and shifting frontier expansions. The concept of commoditizing resource frontier is introduced to explain recent frontier-makings in the Brazilian Amazonia and Cerrado and in the Nicaraguan Rio San Juan. Although earlier frontier research took a short-sighted time perspective and created conceptualizations based on a single modality of a particular period, our longitudinal analysis shows that drastic changes and complex overlappings are the hallmarks of frontier dynamics.

Alkuperäiskielienglanti
LehtiJournal of Agrarian Change
Vuosikerta20
Numero3
Sivut364-386
Sivumäärä23
ISSN1471-0358
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - heinäkuuta 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

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