Vazanteiros in motion: the process of environmentalization of their territorial fights in the context of ecological modernization policies

Published in Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, v. 19(10):4041-50

Anaya, F.C.

Publication year 2014

Departamento de Saúde Mental e Coletiva, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros. R. Rui Braga s/n, Vila Mauricéia.

IAI Program


IAI Project CRN3025


This text presents the process of environmentalization of the social campaigns of Pau Preto, Pau de Légua and Quilombo da Lapinha in the north of the State of Minas Gerais that culminated in their being re-named as "'Vazanteiros' in Motion." The analysis of the territorial environmental conflict examines it from the perspective of Political Ecology and Critical Sociology. Documents from public environmental and judicial institutions were analyzed as well as meeting and research reports referring to the process of social mobilization and political formation of the "Vazanteiros in Motion." Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted from 2006 to 2012 and the different actors involved in the conflict were interviewed. The "extended-case method" or "situational analyses" were also used in order to demonstrate the ethnographic social events from a procedural and historical perspective. The results revealed the contradictions in sustainable development ideology, which made it possible to consolidate the agribusiness in that region through the creation of parks for irrigated fruit production projects as an environmental compensation strategy and the emergence of an important social movement of territorial claims in the environmental field.