Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Tendencias recientes en estudios de Brasil por geógrafos norte-americanos

Cyrus B. Dawsey


The majority of mid-20th century geographical studies of Brazil by North Americans were regional-descriptive, but research conducted in recent decades has been more topic-oriented. Most of the studies have dealt with environmental and settlement issues associated with increasing population densities in the Amazon region. Agricultural and land-use practices in the northeast and southern interior frontier have also attracted attention. Surprisingly few studies reported in the North American geographical literature have dealt with economic issues or the application of contemporary analysis tools such as GIS. The populous southeast also appears neglected. Reasons for the evident trends may be the following: geographers are publishing in journals from other fields, Brazilian scholars are providing adequate coverage of the topics, and research is guided by the personal preferences and interests of the North American scholars.

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