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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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Of Courage and Manhood: Masculine Spaces, Violence, and Honor, 1865–89

Of Courage and Manhood: Masculine Spaces, Violence, and Honor, 1865–89

(p.187) Chapter 6 Of Courage and Manhood: Masculine Spaces, Violence, and Honor, 1865–89
Cleansing Honor with Blood
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This chapter examines how the practice of violence in masculine spaces of sociability influenced young sertanejo men to consider masculine reputation and privilege as contingent on violence. It explains that the young sertanejos were forced to rely on displays of courage and physical aggression to prove and defend personal honor in a milieu of rapid impoverishment, great geographic mobility, and separation of families. This chapter also discusses how the conditions of destitution and social displacement led the sertanejos to banditry.

Keywords:   violence, sertanejo men, masculine reputation, courage, physical aggression, honor, banditry, destitution, social displacement

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