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 conclusion seek to summarize the main arguments and findings of the book. By analyzing densely the case of the Northeastern workers in São Miguel Paulista, it highlights the attempts to build a bridge between local experiences and the great processes that Brazilian society underwent between the 1940s and 1960s. Migration, urbanization, and industrialization cease to be abstract, demiurgic processes when seen from the perspective of those who experienced them and sought, within their field of possibilities, to influence them. Particular attention was given to networks and social ties built by the workers in the migration process, ties that were maintained and expanded at work and in their urban experience. Such networks continued to be important in the formation of the social life of those migrants in the city and in the construction of their actions and political options.