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Accumulation & Innovation: historical trends in a newly industrialized capitalist economy (1850-1960)

Autor: Renelson Ribeiro Sampaio

This work focuses on the experience of a Brazilian cassava starch agro-industry in developing its technological capabilities since 1917, when it was first established. Its main purpose is to explore how the process of technological progress which occurred along with that industrialization, especially regarding the starch industry, has been determined by the following variables: I) the pattern of capital accumulation, II) the capability of the related technical base to both the promotion or absorption of technological changes, and III) firms' strategies towards innovation.

ISBN: 978-65-5939-250-6 (eBook)

DOI: 10.31560/pimentacultural/2021.506

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Capítulos

Introduction


PART ONE


CHAPTER 1
Economic development and technological progress in peripheral economies

Introduction

Technology and development: the political debate

Technology and development: impacts and conflicts

The empirical evidence: learning through piecemeal technical changes

Notes to chapter 1

Technology and development: the political debate
Technology and development: impacts and conflicts
The empirical evidence: learning through piecemeal technical changes


CHAPTER 2
Technological progress in peripheral economies: an interpretative model

Introduction

Innovations and structural discontinuities

Technological progress: accumulation and discontinuity

Notes to chapter 2

Introduction
Innovations and structural discontinuities
Technological progress: accumulation and discontinuity

 

PART TWO


CHAPTER 3
The case study: the cassava agro-industry in Brazil

Introduction

Why the cassava agro-industry?

Historical notes

The case study settings: Blumenau and Orleans

Notes to chapter 3

Why the cassava agro-industry?
Historical notes


CHAPTER 4
Industrialization and technological progres in the state of Santa Catarina

Introduction

The settlements in southern Brazil: 1850 – 1900

Blumenau: from proto-industrialization to industrialization

Orleans: from proto-industrialization to agricultural specialization

Notes to chapter 4

Introduction
The settlements in southern Brazil: 1850 – 1900
Blumenau: from proto-industrialization to industrialization
Orleans: from proto-industrialization to agricultural specialization


CHAPTER 5
Development of the cassava starch agro-industry in Santa Catarina

Introduction

The subsistence production system

Technological progress within the proto-industrialization phase

Technological progress within the industrial phase

Technological discontinuity: the production of the chemically modified starches

Notes to chapter 5

The subsistence production system
Technological discontinuity: the production of the chemically modified starches

CHAPTER 6
A new technological discontinuity? The brazilian alcohol program

Introduction

The brazilian alcohol program

The cassava agro-industry and alcohol program: social, economic and technological constraints

Concluding remarks


CHAPTER 7
Summary and conclusions

Summary

Theoretical and empirical implications

 

References

Appendix 1 - Field work methodology - summary

Appendix 2 - Interview outline

Appendix 3 - Questionnaire

Appendix 4 - Technical note on cassava and starch


About the author


Index