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Cleansing Honor with Blood: Masculinity, Violence, and Power in the Backlands of Northeast Brazil, 1845–1889

Martha Santos


This book offers a critical reinterpretation of male violence, patriarchy, and machismo in rural Latin America. It focuses on the lives of lower-class men and women, known as sertanejo/as, in the hinterlands of the northeastern Brazilian province of Ceará between 1845 and 1889. Challenging the widely accepted depiction of sertanejos as conditioned to violence by nature, culture, and climate, the book argues that their concern with maintaining an honorable manly reputation and the use of violence were historically contingent strategies employed to resolve conflicts over scant resources and to e ... More

Keywords: masculinity, violence, patriarchy, machismo, Latin America, Brazil, sertanejo, female autonomy, male power, honor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774567
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Santos, author