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"Civilizing" Rio: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City, 1889-1930
Contributor(s): Meade, Teresa (Author)

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ISBN: 027102870X     ISBN-13: 9780271028705
Publisher: Penn State University Press
OUR PRICE: $44.05  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1996
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Sociology - Urban
- Political Science | Public Policy - General
- History | Latin America - South America
Dewey: 307.760
Physical Information: 0.52" H x 6" W x 9" (0.75 lbs) 224 pages
- Cultural Region - Latin America
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

A massive urban renewal and public-health campaign in the first decades of the nineteenth century transformed Brazil's capital into a showcase of European architecture and public works. The renovation of Rio, or civilization campaign, as the government called it, widened streets, modernized the port, and improved sanitation, lighting, and public transportation. These changes made life worse, not better, for the majority of the city's residents, however; the laboring poor could no longer afford to live in the downtown, and the public-health plan did not extend to the peripheral areas where they were being forced to move. Their resistance is the focus of Teresa Meade's study.

Meade details how Rio grew according to the requirements of international capital, which financed, planned, and oversaw the renewal--and how local movements resisted these powerful, distant forces. She also traces the popular rebellion that continued for more than twenty years after the renovation ended in 1909, illustrating that community protests are the major characteristic of political life in the modern era.

Contributor Bio(s): Meade, Teresa: - Teresa A. Meade is Associate Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is co-editor, with Mark Walker, of Science, Medicine, and Cultural Imperialism (1991).
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