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Collective Action and Radicalism in Brazil

Women, Urban Housing and Rural Movements

by (author) Michel Duquette, Maurilio de Lima Galdino & Chairman Levy

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2005
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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.

About the authors

Michel Duquette is a professor in the Department of Political Science at l`Universitè de Montrèal.

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Maurilio Galdino is a training coordinator with Entraide Missionaire in Montreal.

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Chairman Levy is a programs officer with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

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