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Brazil Emerging

Inequality and Emancipation, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Adalberto Cardoso


216 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This volume is a critical inquiry into the social project and socioeconomic realities of emerging Brazil, a country that faces profound changes. A team of acknowledged specialists on Brazil’s complex configuration addresses state policies, social dynamics and economic constraints and opportunities for emancipation. Chapters adopt long-run perspectives on the development of the Brazilian welfare state, limits and opportunities for emancipation in the labor market, the scope and depth of social policies such as "Bolsa Família" and Rio’s Peacemaking Police Units (UPP), social movements - in particular, the Movement of the Landless (MST) - cultural policies at the federal level, the role of media in the country’s democratization project, and how two important commodities (sugar and oil) shape the identities of blacks and whites in Bahia. This book is essential reading for all those interested in understanding what kind of Brazil has acquired a prominent global position and what hurdles it faces to consolidate its position as a global player.


"This volume of marquee contributors enhances the conceptual and applied understanding of inequality in Brazil. Especially well edited, the book addresses the progress of social inclusion in Brazil. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." – Patrice M Franko, Colby College, CHOICE Reviews, September 2014

Table of Contents

Introduction Jan Nederveen Pieterse and Adalberto Cardoso 1. Building Democracy in an Emerging Society: Challenges of the Welfare State in Brazil Sonia Fleury 2. Inequality, Poverty and the Brazilian Social Protection System Marcelo Medeiros, Sergei Soares, Pedro Souza and Rafael Osorio 3. Growth and Social Policies: Towards Inclusive Development Jan Nederveen Pieterse 4. Brazil’s Labor Market: Limitations and Opportunities for Emancipation Adalberto Cardoso 5. Social Movements and Emancipation in Brazil Ilse Scherer-Warren 6. MST’s Agenda of Emancipation: Interfaces of National Politics and Global Contestation Breno Bringel 7. Brazilian Culture as Category of Public Intervention Myrian Sepúlveda dos Santos 8. Community Policing of Rio’s Favelas: State-Led Development or Market-Oriented Intervention? Erica Mesker 9. Media Democratization in Brazil Revisited Carolina Matos 10. A Bahian Counterpoint of Sugar and Oil: Global Commodities, Global Identities? Livio Sansone 11. Why (Post)Colonialism And (De)Coloniality Are Not Enough: A Post-Imperialist Perspective Gustavo Lins Ribeiro

About the Editors

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Adalberto Cardoso is Professor of Sociology at IESP-UERJ.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Emerging Societies

The baton of driving the world economy is passing to emerging economies. This is not just an economic change, but a social change, with migration flows changing direction towards surplus economies; a political change, as in the shift from the G7 to G20; and over time, cultural changes. This also means that the problems of emerging societies will increasingly become world problems. This series addresses the growing importance of BRIC (Brazil Russia India China) and rising societies such as South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE and Mexico. The term ‘emerging societies’ refers to concerns wider than just emerging markets or emerging powers, taking a kaleidoscopic approach that ranges from political economy, finance, technology and IP to social movements, culture, art and aesthetics. The series focuses on problems generated by emergence such as social inequality, cultural change, media, ethnic and religious strife, ecological constraints, relations with advanced and developing societies, and new regionalism, with a particular interest in addressing debates and social reflexivity in emerging societies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries