There are not fixed conditions that make potential agricultural frontiers attractive to capital: different spaces and strategies are chosen in relation to previous failed experiments, including those strongly contested by social movements. Socio-environmental contestations can also inadvertently result in negative spillovers, or a kind of indirect land use change. I propose a concept of redirected land use and control change for cases with strategic adaptations by promoters of frontiers. I suggest three dimensions of adaptations–across spaces, political-administrative regimes and in forms of land appropriation–to apprehend the multi-scale politics of land grabbing, through the case of Matopiba in Brazil.

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Calmon, D. (Daniela). (2020). Shifting frontiers: the making of Matopiba in Brazil and global redirected land use and control change. Journal of Peasant Studies. doi:10.1080/03066150.2020.1824183