LAS 366 • 12-MODERN BRAZIL-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This SWC course examines modern Brazilian history with a focus on political movements and socioeconomic change. It looks at how various social actors in Brazil--elites, peasants, slaves, workers, women, the military, and indigenous people--have contributed to and been affected by the process of nation-building since Independence. Through a variety of texts--historic, ethnographic, literary, musical, and sociological --the course explores key issues in modern Brazilian history: the transition to Independence; slavery and emancipation; export agriculture and oligarchic rule; social banditry and folk Catholicism; urbanization and marginality; regional disparities and rural poverty; racial discourse and inequality; frontier expansion and indigenous policy; popular culture and music; military dictatorship and repression; the foreign debt crisis of the 1980s and the turn to neoliberalism in the 1990s.