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Cleansing Honor with BloodMasculinity, Violence, and Power in the Backlands of Northeast Brazil, 1845–1889$
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Martha Santos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774567

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774567.001.0001

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Cleansing Honor with Blood
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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the violence and masculinity of free poor men in Ceará, Brazil, during the period from 1845 to 1889. This volume explores interpersonal violence in criminal court cases, popular poetry, and contemporary novels and analyzes the importance of honor in a variety of social practices. It also investigates the impact of the transformation of material conditions on gender politics and the impact of centralized criminal justice system on the violent contests for masculine authority.

Keywords:   violence, masculinity, free poor men, Ceará, Brazil, honor, gender politics, masculine authority, criminal justice system

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