Tropes of o Nordeste: Contested Visions of the Region During the Cold War
The introduction provides a historical and theoretical overview of the study as related to the process of regional identity formation through political struggle and cultural production, After introducing the historical context of Brazilian and Northeastern politics in the 1950s and 1960s, the chapter engages in a theoretical discussion about regionalism in Brazil. The chapter explains how and why Northeastern Brazil, or o Nordeste, can be considered a trope, and what this has meant in terms of legitimizing inequalities in Brazil. I conclude the chapter with an overview of the chapters, and a discussion of the book’s sources and methodology.
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