A Port in Global Capitalism: Unveiling Entangled Accumulation in Rio de Janeiro, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A Port in Global Capitalism

Unveiling Entangled Accumulation in Rio de Janeiro, 1st Edition

By Sérgio Costa, Guilherme Leite Gonçalves


144 pages

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Through a study of the port district of Rio de Janeiro and its history, from its emergence as a major slave market to its modern-day incarnation as a hub of tourism, real-estate and financial speculation, this book examines the different dimensions of the manner in which capitalism expands its global process of accumulation to incorporate spaces not yet integrated into chains of value production. As such, it sheds new light on the use of explicit non-economic violence on the part of capitalist expansion, in the form of colonial or imperial policies, plundering or legal forms of expropriation. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, historians, economists, legal scholars and political theorists with interests in capitalism and inequalities.

Table of Contents


1. From Primitive Accumulation to Entangled Accumulation: Developments in the Marxist Theory of Capitalist Expansion

2. Port, Capital and the Capital City

3. Capitalism and Slavery in the Port of Rio de Janeiro

4. From the First Attempts at Industrialisation to Financialisation: ‘Little Africa’ vs Porto Maravilha

5. Crisis Anchored at the Port

6. Conclusions


About the Authors

Sérgio Costa is Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Trained in Economics and Sociology in Brazil and Germany, his main research fields are social inequality, conviviality and difference, postcolonial theories.

Guilherme Leite Gonçalves is Professor of Sociology of Law at the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil. He is interested in social theory, particularly in issues of law, social control, and inequalities.

About the Series

Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries

Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries
Departing from classical approaches to the study of social inequalities between individuals and social classes within particular national settings, this series emphasises the production and reproduction of inequalities across borders, as well as the multiplicity of categories - whether ’race’, ’sex’ or ’nationality’ amongst others - according to which contemporary inequalities are shaped. Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries constitutes a forum and a catalyst for discussing recent advancements in inequality research from a transnational, global and intersectional perspective, highlighting the fact that social inequalities are always the product of both global interpenetrations and of complex intersections between different social categorisations. The series therefore welcomes monographs and edited volumes across the social sciences that deal with inequalities from an ’entangled’ perspective - with an intersectional or a transnational focus, or both.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General