Cynical Citizenship: Gender, Regionalism, and Political Subjectivity in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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University of New Mexico Press, Jul 15, 2018 - Social Science - 288 pages

This anthropological study of grassroots community leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil’s leftist hotspot, focuses on gender, politics, and regionalism during the early 2000s, when the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores) was in power. The author explores the ways community leaders make sense of official notions of citizenship and how gender, politics, and regional identities shape these interpretations. Junge further examines the implications of leaders’ deep ambivalence toward normative participation discourses for how we theorize and study participatory democracy, citizenship, and political subjectivity in Brazil and beyond.

 

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Contents

A Possible Utopia?
1
A Performative Approach to Discourse Subjectivity and Gender
23
Incitements to Gendered and Regional Subjectivity in the 2002 Electon Campaigns
45
Electoral Citizenship Experimental Subjectivities and Gendered SelfAgency
81
Ambiguity and Contradiction in Official Representations of Citizenship in the Porto Alegre Participatory Budget
109
Gendered Performance and Parody in the Porto Alegre Participatory Budget
131
Official Discourses and Local Media Coverage of the 2003 World Social Forum
159
Beira Rio Community Leaders Perceptions of the 2003 World Social Forum
191
Epilogue
223
Appendix One Research Methodology
227
Methodological Notes and Statistical Profile
231
Charter of Principles
233
Appendix Four Newspaper Articles Cited in World Social Forum Analysis
237
Notes
243
Works Cited
255
Index
279

Chapter Eight Another Citizenship Theory Is Possible
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Benjamin Junge is an associate professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His research on the topics of gender, social movements, religion, and public health has been widely published.

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