Contentious Politics in Brazil and China: Beyond Regime is a highly accessible and compelling examination of two fast-emerging countries in the global arena. It is not common to see Brazil and China examined side-by-side, but authors December Green and Laura Luehrmann show the utility of this unorthodox comparison: By moving beyond region and regime, this book offers a thought-provoking analysis of two very different countries dealing with many concerns and problems in surprisingly similar ways.
With a focus on current issues, Contentious Politics in Brazil and China covers migration, urbanization, criminality, the environment, sexual politics and HIV-AIDS response, foreign policy, and international relations. This text not only illuminates each country's realities more clearly than traditional regional or regime-type comparisons can, but it offers unexpected insights into the study of state-society relations.
Chapter One: Brazil and China - Contention in Comparative Perspective Introduction State and Society: Receptivity and Resistance in Brazil and China Why these Cases? Outline of the Book Chapter Two: Heritage and Culture Introduction Brazil Approach to the Past: "The Brazilian Way" Revolution/Not The PT: From Society to State China Approach to the Past: "Middle Kingdom" Complex Revolution(s) The CCP: State Management of Society Analysis Chapter Three: Human Security Introduction Brazil Migration: "The Rights to the City" (or Not) Criminality and the Rule of the Law: High Crime and Official Impunity Health Care and HIV-AIDs: Citizens Lead the State China Migration: Registered Rights (or Not) Criminality and the Rule By Law: Low Crime and Official Impunity Health Care and HIV-AIDS: State Tolerates Society Analysis Chapter Four: Politics of Social Diversity Introduction Brazil Layers of Identity: Color in Brazil Sexual Politics and LGBT Rights China Layers of Identity: Religion and Ethnicity Sexual Politics and LGBT Rights Chapter Five: Environmental Politics Introduction Brazil Pollution: Oil, Water and the Valley of Death Deforestation: Trees v People/Trees Plus People China Pollution: 'Smogapolypse' Plus Water Shortages Deforestation: Cracks in "The Green Great Wall" Chapter Six: Leadership from Brasilia and Beijing Introduction Brazil The Regional Arena: Is Brazil Too Big for the Room? The Transnational Arena: Diplomacy as "The Beautiful Game" Case in Point: Climate Change Types of Power: Soft over Hard China The Regional Arena: Crowded by History and Resources The Transnational Arena: Reluctant Re-Emergence Case in Point: Climate Change Types of Power: Soft with Hard Analysis Chapter Seven: Conclusions: Beyond Regime Introduction Responsibility and Reluctance Dissolving Dichotomies Postscript