This book looks at the development of thinking about security in Brazil between 1930 and 2010. In order to do so, it develops a new framework for thinking about intellectual history in Brazil and applies it to the development of knowledge on security in that country.
Building on the Gramscian literature on ‘late modernization’ and ‘conservative revolution’ and drawing on the idea of ‘Emotional Theory of Action’ proposed by Brazilian sociologist Jessé Souza, this book sets out to establish an innovative framework with which to analyse the development of ‘thinking about security’ in Brazil in three specific historic contexts. This theoretical framework is then used to argue that one specific discourse of Brazilian identity has been the main source of knowledge production in that country since the 1930s. In doing this, the book offers thought-provoking arguments about the role of intellectuals in Brazil and reassesses the exclusionary ideas embedded in the politics of identity and security.
This book not only introduces a novel framework to analyse intellectual production outside the core, it also sheds light on how security has been historically thought of outside the core and will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Latin American Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Politics of Worlding Brazil Part I “The Art of Quickly Saving Brazil”: Intellectual Thinking in Brazil 1 Conservative Revolution, late modernization and intellectuals in Brazil 2 Being, Becoming, and The Method: a framework for thinking about intellectual work in Brazil Part II Worlding Brazil 3 Security as Scrutiny 4 Security as Conservative Modernization 5 Security as Academic Thinking Part III: Re-Worlding Brazil 6 Security as Emancipation in Contemporary Brazil
Laura Lima holds a PhD from Aberystwyth University. Prior to her studies in the UK, she attended universities in Natal and Rio de Janeiro in her native Brazil where she obtained her undergraduate degree in History and three masters’ degrees in International History (2003), Human Rights (2003) and International Politics (2005). She is the editor, with Shannon Brincat and João Nunes, of the volume Critical Theory in International Relations and Security Studies: Interviews and Reflections, published by Routledge in December 2011.