Category Archives: “Modernity”

Get to Know a Brazilian – João Cândido Felisberto

This post also appears at Lawyers, Guns & Money João Cândido Felisberto remains one of the more overlooked figures in one of the more overlooked periods of Brazilian history. However, his life offers much insight into the transitional nature of … Continue reading

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Pyramids, Pavement, and “Progress”

This is sickening and horrible: A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, … Continue reading

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On Images and the Danger of Drawing Stereotypical Conclusions

Recently, an image had been making its way around on social media. The image showed Chief Raoni, an indigenous leader in traditional dress, crying, purportedly weeping at the Brazilian government’s decision to proceed with the Belo Monte dam. However, that … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples, Companies, “Modernity,” and Racial Discourse in Brazil

Recently, the image below made the rounds on Brazilian Facebook pages. The four billboards have stirred a lot of controversy; their messages are a direct attempt to inflame anti-indigenous sentiment in Brazil. They do so by trying to frame indigenous … Continue reading

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“Tierra malhabida” or “Ill-gotten Land” in Paraguay

In my last post on Paraguay, I referred to grass-roots movements in Paraguay and their role in bringing about change in that country. I recently wrote a review of an anthropological monograph on peasant movements in Paraguay called Guerrilla Auditors: … Continue reading

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On This Date in Latin America – April 21, 1960: The Inauguration of Brasília

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the official inauguration of Brasília, the high-modernist capital of Brazil.   Although only begun in 1956 and inaugurated in 1960, the idea of Brasília has its roots in the early-1800s. In the 1820s, José Bonifacio … Continue reading

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Foxconn’s New Brazilian Plant (& Implications for Apple?)

Recently, Foxconn, the company that makes iPads for Apple (as well as smartphones and other gadgets for other companies), has become the subject of scrutiny over working conditions in the company’s Chinese plants, where workers  have expressed concern over wages and working … Continue reading

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On High Modernism and Urban Redesign in São Paulo

Removing billboards from the cityscape was/is not the only urban renewal project planned for São Paulo. The city has recently added the removal of an elevated highway made of reinforced concrete that runs through the heart of the city to its plans … Continue reading

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