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Dams in Brazil

Social and Demographical Impacts

  • Offers regional comparison of the effects of dams between the South and the North of Brazil

  • Explores the impacts on territory, which are virtually non-existent in any book about impact of dams

  • Discusses themes such as forced migrations, relocation and adaptation as well as landscape modification


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Latin American Studies book series (BRIEFSLAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Guillaume Leturcq
    Pages 1-43
  3. Guillaume Leturcq
    Pages 45-106
  4. Guillaume Leturcq
    Pages 107-124
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 125-130

About this book


The book focuses on the human and social effects of the construction of hydroelectric dams in Brazil. It discusses themes such as forced migrations, how the families of the victims of the dams adapt to new living areas, the struggle of families with the relocation of their homes and the fact that they are neglected by builders and government. These discussions are carried out in a comparative perspective between Southern and Northern Brazil, where contexts and living conditions are quite different. The book's main objective is to analyze the movements, adaptations and life changes in families suffering from the effects of dams throughout Brazil. This is the first book that analyzes the relationship dam-space with the intent to understand how dams affect the territory. The book is organized in three chapters: the dams’ effects in Brazil and the territorial impacts; human and social consequences of dam construction; a regional comparison of the effects of dams between the South and the North of the country.


Forced Migration in Brazil Ribeirinhos Family Relocation Impact of Dams Human Adaptation Rural Settlements

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CampinasBrazil

About the authors

Dr. Guillaume Leturcq is researcher at University of Campinas, Brazil and associate Researcher in ESO Le Mans (Laboratory Espaces et Sociétés). He specializes in social and regional geography, migrations, water issues and geopolitics.

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