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CAVALCANTI, Bruno César  and  BARROS, Rachel Rocha de Almeida. Desiring the city: the urban imaginary in rural collective settlements in a Brazilian submontane Atlantic forest reserve.Translated byMichele Andréa Markowitz. Horiz.antropol. [online]. 2007, vol.3Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0104-7183.

This article discusses data obtained in a study on populations who live near an important Brazilian submontane Atlantic forest, a geographical zone of north-eastern states located between the beach zone and the savanna-scrub zone. The populations in question live in a so-called Ecological Station from Murici (Esec-Murici), in the Murici Forest Complex (CFM), in the forest zone of Alagoas, distributed between two Incra rural collective settlements and on farms. Cultural forms used by such populations have been discussed by using social indexes taken from this survey and associating them with economical and environmental sustainability notions in their interfaces with these groups' social development and with regards to the actions of other agents in  the CFM, suggesting that the maintenance of an urban imaginary which produces new subjectivities can be easily linked with environmental conservation policies.

Keywords : Anthropology; the environment; rural collective settlements; urban culture.

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