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Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair, and Resistance in Brazil
edited by Benjamin Junge, Sean T. Mitchell, Alvaro Jarrin and Lucia Cantero
contributions by Lucia Mury Scalco, Patricia de Santana Pinho, Sean T. Mitchell, Karina Biondi, John Collins, Lucia Cantero, David Rojas, Andrezza Alves Spexoto Olival, Alexandre de Azevedo Olival, Falina Enriquez, Moisés Kopper, Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer, LaShandra Sullivan, Carlos Eduardo Henning, Alvaro Jarrin, Melanie A. Medeiros, Patrick McCormick, Erika Schmitt, James Kale, Lila Moritz Schwarcz, Benjamin Junge, Jessica Jerome, Isabela Kalil and Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-9788-2566-6 | Paper: 978-1-9788-2565-9 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-2569-7
Library of Congress Classification HN283.5.P734 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.0981

Brazil changed drastically in the 21st century’s second decade. In 2010, the country’s outgoing president Lula left office with almost 90% approval. As the presidency passed to his Workers' Party successor, Dilma Rousseff, many across the world hailed Brazil as a model of progressive governance in the Global South. Yet, by 2019, those progressive gains were being dismantled as the far right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro assumed the presidency of a bitterly divided country. Digging beneath this pendulum swing of policy and politics, and drawing on rich ethnographic portraits, Precarious Democracy shows how these transformations were made and experienced by Brazilians far from the halls of power. Bringing together powerful and intimate stories and portraits from Brazil's megacities to rural Amazonia, this volume demonstrates the necessity of ethnography for understanding social and political change, and provides crucial insights on one of the most epochal periods of change in Brazilian history.

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