Memories of a conflict over the ownership of land present in life history reports

This article aims at analyzing the memories of small landowners of Camucim, a settlement in the South coast of Paraíba, over a conflict concerning the possession of a tract of land in the late 70s and early 80s of the twentieth century. These memories were gathered though Life History interviews and were submitted to Discourse Analysis. Departing from oral history we intend to analyze the subjective sense constructed by the narrators through their memories. In this sense the conflict is recollected as a legitimate struggle, blessed by God. This will lead us to the fundamental role the Church played in this process, through the Commission of the Pastoral of the Land (CPT). In addition to this, the narrators construct an image of brave, victorious fighters.

memory; conflict over the possession of land; life history; discourse analysis

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