Jean Sales and Alexandre Fortes have compiled a collection of essays relating to the Baixada Fluminense (the periphery of a periphery that lies beyond Rio de Janeiro's city limits) during the military dictatorship (1964–1985). With the intent of bringing to light the forgotten struggles and social memories of the oft-neglected region's neighborhood organizations, religious groups, labor movements, municipal councils, and individuals, the authors examine the dark days of the dictatorship, focusing on how these diverse people and groups resisted, fought, collaborated with, accommodated, and ultimately came to terms with each other as well as local and national power structures during this time of authoritarian uncertainty.

Much of the compilation covers the fascinating figure of Dom Adriano Mandarino Hypólito, the bishop of the Baixada municipality of Nova Iguaçu from 1966 to 1994. During his long and eventful career, Hypólito guided his diocese through...

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