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CARDENOSO, Jesús-Ángel Redondo. Weapons of the Weak in Portugal during the Early 20th Century: The Example of the Central Alentejo. e-JPH [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.2, pp.24-41. ISSN 1645-6432.

This article explores James C. Scott’s concept of weapons of the weak, taking advantage of the possibilities of applying it to the social history of rural Portugal. Using the example of the Central Alentejo region during the early twentieth century, I analyze the characteristics of the most common types of daily resistance practiced by the lower classes in the region (such as stealing acorns and olives or poaching and livestock trespassing), specifically focusing on their social aspects as an act of resistance. To do this, I use newspaper reports and archive material from the district authorities as well as documentation on the cases tried at the Arraiolos District Court during the ten-year period between 1908 and 1918.

Palavras-chave : Weapons of the Weak; Produce Theft; Poaching; Livestock Trespassing.

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