Migration and the Making of Industrial São Paulo
Paulo Fontes is Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences (CPDOC) Fundação Getulio Vargas – Rio de Janeiro; a researcher at the Brazilian Council of Research and Development (CNPq); and the coeditor of The Country of Football: Politics, Popular Culture, and the Beautiful Game in Brazil.
Barbara Weinstein is Silver Professor of History at New York University and the author of The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil, also published by Duke University Press.
The Right to Practice Politics: Parties and Political Leadership in São Miguel Paulista
This chapter analyzes the political parties in the neighborhood of São Miguel, with particular emphasis on the Brazilian Communist Party and on the movements that were forged around the leaders Adhemar de Barros and Jânio Quadros. The chapter’s themes include the structuring of political parties in the area; how and in what circumstances partisan options were defined; the role of elections; and the relationship at election time between neighborhood-based microquestions and statewide and national issues. The chapter seeks to go beyond understanding relationships between “populist” politicians and the working class as focused only on labor and unions, or as simply a relation between “charismatic” leaders and an “amorphous” mass. By considering the neighborhood and taking social and political relationships as the object of analysis, it aims to achieve a more sophisticated understanding of the political system of the period.