Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity by Joel Wolfe PDF

By Joel Wolfe

Autos and Progress reinterprets twentieth-century Brazilian heritage via autos, utilizing them as a window for knowing the nation's fight for modernity within the face of its large geographical dimension, susceptible important govt, and dependence on agricultural exports. one of the themes Wolfe touches upon are the 1st activities vehicles and elite consumerism; intellectuals' include of vehicles because the key for transformation and unification of Brazil; Henry Ford's construction of an organization city within the Brazilian jungle; the construction of a transportation infrastructure; democratization and customer tradition; automobile staff and their production of a countrywide political celebration; and the industrial and environmental influence of vehicles on Brazil. This specialise in Brazilians' fascination with vehicles and their reliance on automobile construction and intake as keys to their monetary and social transformation, explains how Brazil--which enshrined its trust in technological know-how and expertise in its nationwide slogan of Order and Progress--has differentiated itself from different Latin American countries. Autos and Progress engages key matters in Brazil round the which means and position of race in society and in addition addresses numerous vintage debates in Brazilian reports in regards to the nature of Brazil's nice dimension and variety and the way they formed state-making.

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