"Our Brazil has become a mess": Nostalgic narratives of disorder from a once-rising-poor family before the right-wing turn

Thursday, October 3, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
SMITH Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Alvaro Jarrin

Dr. Junge will share  an ethnographic account of an extended family from the northeastern city of Recife during the months prior to the 2018 elections in which hard-right politician Jair Bolsonaro was elected to Brazil’s presidency. The family exemplifies the sector contentiously referred to as the “new middle class”—the estimated 35 million who rose above the poverty line during 14 years of rule by the left-leaning Workers Party, but whose prospects have since become precarious. Drawing from extended ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Junge will present a series of ethnographic moments, each illustrating how informal conversations about the coming elections both reflected and impacted family dynamics. Emerging within these moments are narratives of moral disintegration, apparent nostalgia for Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, lost masculinities, menacing sexualities, and the regeneration of political “zombies.” In the presentation, Dr. Junge will advance a series of theoretical claims about dimensions of the political affinities of Brazil’s “previously poor” which merit deeper ethnographic investigation.  

Lecture by Benjamin Junge, Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz

Open to Campus Community Only

Categories: Sociology and Anthropology,Latin American and Latino Studies

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