Modern Brazil: Elites and Masses in Historical Perspective

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Modern Brazil, a collection of original essays, views the largest country in South America through the multiple lenses of political science, economics, telecommunications, and religion. The editors, Michael L. Conniff and Frank D. McCann, have provided a frame for this analysis of a complex society by centering on the elites, those who run national affairs, and the masses, those poor and working-class people who have little direct influence on them.

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Overview


Modern Brazil, a collection of original essays, views the largest country in South America through the multiple lenses of political science, economics, telecommunications, and religion. The editors, Michael L. Conniff and Frank D. McCann, have provided a frame for this analysis of a complex society by centering on the elites, those who run national affairs, and the masses, those poor and working-class people who have little direct influence on them.

Discussing the political elites from regional, national, and military standpoints are, respectively, Joseph L. Love and Bert J. Barickman, Conniff, and McCann. The economic elites, notably businessmen and industrialists, are analyzed by Steven Topik and Eli Diniz. The masses are considered in chapters by Eul Soo Pang, Thomas Holloway, and Michael Hall and Marco Aurelio García. Sam Adamo views the historical situation of blacks and mulattos in Brazil. In the final section, examining connections between the elites and masses, Robert M. Levine writes about how the former perceive the povo, Joseph Straubhaas looks at the mass media; and Fred Gillette Strum ex-amines religion in Brazil. The editors have included a general introduction, an epilogue focusing on Brazil in the late 1980s, and a glossary.

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"A useful work of an impressive standard."—London Times Higher Education Supplement
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The essays "are original, focused, wide-ranging, and well-documented."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803263482
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Latin American Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael L. Conniff, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico, is the author of Urban Politics in Brazil: The Rise of Populism, l925–1945 (1981) and other books. Frank D. McCann is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire whose books include The Brazilian-American Alliance, 1937–1945 (1973).
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part I Political Elites
Regional Elites 3
The National Elite 23
The Military 47
Part II Economic Elites
The Old Republic 83
The Post-1930 Industrial Elite 103
Part III The Masses
Agrarian Change in the Northeast 123
Immigration in the Rural South 140
Urban Labor 161
Race and Povo 192
Part IV Connections
Elite Perceptions of the Povo 209
Mass Communication and the Elites 225
Religion 246
Epilogue 265
Glossary and Acronyms 281
The Contributors 289
Index 291
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