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Work in Brazil: essays in historical and economic sociology


"Institutional frameworks, political action, social and political identities, class relations, social inertia and path dependence are the main aspects inquired in this book. Taken together, the chapters present a coherent and systematic portrait of Brazil, or a plausible point of view about the dynamics of our sociability which may interest the foreign reader. Collective bargaining, labour inspection, the labour and capital organizations are all elements of the Getulio Vargas legacies that, albeit with adaptations over time, still impinge upon our present. For that reason, it is impossible to understand what we are without looking back and trying and reconstruct the trajectories of the current institutions, social and political actors, and even the economy. As a consequence, most of the chapters adopt a historical sociological perspective, in dialogue between the contemporary context and the country’s vivid historiography."

Table of Contents

Front Matter / Elementos Pré-textuais / Páginas Iniciales Preview PDF
Introduction Preview PDF
Chapter I - Slavery and capitalist sociability: an essay on social inertia Preview PDF
Chapter II - A brazilian utopia: Getúlio Vargas and the construction of the Welfare State in a structurally unequal society Preview PDF
Chapter III - ‘Tomorrow you will be the government’: The Vargas’s utopia in practice Preview PDF
Chapter IV - Neoliberalism, unions, and socioeconomic insecurity Preview PDF
Chapter V - Brazilian labour market: limits and opportu-nities for emancipation Preview PDF
Chapter VI - Labour inspection in Brazil Preview PDF
Bibliography Preview PDF
About the author Preview PDF
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