Name: Luciano Correia Bernardo
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 25/05/2020

Namesort descending Role
Renata Hermanny de Almeida Advisor *

Examining board:

Namesort descending Role
Carlos Teixeira de Campos Júnior External Examiner *
Ednilson Silva Felipe External Examiner *
Renata Hermanny de Almeida Advisor *

Summary: This research is developed within the scope of applied social sciences, and proposes to establish a
dialogue between “territorialization” and “self-sustainable development” in order to return places to the
project through an investigative process about the concrete object of this study: the historic coffee farms
in the municipality of Muqui - ES. The theoretical framework is developed from the Italian Territorial
Approach, and, in a thematic network linked to the understanding of territory and territorial heritage,
such as Alberto Magnaghi, Daniela Poli, Rogério Haesbaert, Marco Aurélio Saquet and Maximo Carta.
The territorial approach proposes the extension of the concept of heritage considering the territorial
heritage as the synthesis resulting from the physical-geographic environment, the anthropic action of
the inhabitant man and the strength of the socioeconomic dynamics in structuring the territory. In this
way, it proposes a projectual and management path that aims at local self-sustainability and allows the
reproduction and enhancement of local heritage resources without the dependence on external agents.
The territory of Muqui was initially inhabited by Puris Indians, until the middle of the 19th century, when
the search for fertile vacant lands associated with gold-bearing exhaustion in Minas Gerais and the
depletion of Rio de Janeiro crops started the emergence of farms that favored the supremacy of coffee
growing. and a new configuration of the agrarian structure of Espírito Santo, promoting significant
territorial transformations. Subsequently, several factors contributed to the decrease in coffee
production in the region, and as a result of these processes, there was a drastic reduction in the number
of historic coffee farms remaining in the municipality today. In the face of this current scenario, marked
by an intense process of abandoning structures linked to historic coffee farms in Muqui, the process of
untying this set with the dynamics of local development is discussed. It is intended, therefore, to promote,
from the application of the adopted theoretical conceptual panorama, a critical analysis about the historic
coffee farms of Muqui, based on sediments linked throughout the territorialization cycles, in an
identification of their relationship with the territorial heritage from the discussion of its symbolic and / or
functional characteristics of territorialization. The methodological model adopted is characterized by the
selection? of qualitative methods, which consist of the description of the object aiming to deeply
understand its characteristics from a hybrid classification, in a dialogue between the “verbal conceptual
model” and the “physical models”. The combination of these different models is shaped through a
complex process of bibliographic and documentary review, identity representation, description and
synthesis of the territorial heritage of the concrete object. It is concluded, therefore, that the historic
coffee farms in Muqui have not reached strength, as important patrimonial resources, that can be
classified as a model of self-sustainable development. It is necessary to articulate strategies that
promote the engagement of local actors, so that, through the valorization of their territorial resources, it
is possible to project a self-sustainable local development project that promotes the production of the
territory based on the lasting well-being of its resources.

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