Collective Action and Radicalism in Brazil: Women, Urban Housing, and Rural Movements

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University of Toronto Press, 2005 - Political Science - 217 pages
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In the past decade, Brazil has undergone a long series of political changes, culminating in the recent election of President Lula da Silva and his Workers' Party. These changes have come about through a landslide of social activism that is unprecedented in the country's history. The central topic of this book is an examination of three major recent movements within Brazil's civil society: the women's movement, the urban housing movement, and the landless peasant movement. All three are representative of a more general trend toward public protest and collectively indicate a shift in the internal dynamics of group identity within Brazil. The authors propose that the practices of power in Brazil are influenced by the expressions of a civil society now reorganized into a social movement and mobilized within a 'cycle of protest' that attains the level of a political alternative and that the present cycle of collective action is fuelled by the pitfalls of market reforms.


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The Housing Movement in the City of São Paulo Crisis and Revival
The Return of Radicalism to the Countryside The Landless Movement
Collective Action at the Crossroads The Empowerment of the Left

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Berengere Marques-Pereira is a professor of political science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and director of the Centre de Sociologie Politique and of the Groupe d'Etudes Latino-americaines of the Institut de Sociologie. Charmain Levy is now a project director with Development and Peace. Michel Duquette is a professor of political science at the Universite de Montreal.

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