1st Edition

Brazil Emerging
Inequality and Emancipation

ISBN 9781138952911
Published September 16, 2015 by Routledge
216 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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