New acquisitions Brazil (March 2018)


Technocrats and the politics of drought and development in twentieth-century Brazil / Eve E. Buckley

Eve E. Buckley’s study of twentieth-century Brazil examines the nation’s hard social realities through the history of science, focusing on the use of technology and engineering as vexed instruments of reform and economic development. Nowhere was the tension between technocratic optimism and entrenched inequality more evident than in the drought-ridden Northeast sertão, plagued by chronic poverty, recurrent famine, and mass migrations. Buckley reveals how the physicians, engineers, agronomists, and mid-level technocrats working for federal agencies to combat drought were pressured by politicians to seek out a technological magic bullet that would both end poverty and obviate the need for land redistribution to redress long-standing injustices. Scientists planned and oversaw huge projects including dam construction, irrigation for small farmers, and public health initiatives. They were, Buckley shows, sincerely determined to solve the drought crisis and improve the lot of poor people in the sertão. Over time, however, they came to the frustrating realization that, despite technology’s tantalizing promise of an apolitical means to end poverty, political collisions among competing stakeholders were inevitable. Buckley’s revelations about technocratic hubris, the unexpected consequences of environmental engineering, and constraints on scientists as agents of social change resonate with today’s hopes that science and technology can solve society’s most pressing dilemmas, including climate change.

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.4513.BU

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Vulnerable children and youth in Brazil : innovative approaches from the psychology of social development / Débora Dallbosco Dell’Aglio, SIlvia Helena Koller, editors

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.0770.DE

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Transmitting the spirit : religious conversion, media, and urban violence in Brazil / Martijn Oosterbaan

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.1060.OO

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Mega-events as economies of the imagination : creating atmospheres for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 / Rodanthi Tzanelli

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.1260.TZ

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Democratic Brazil divided / edited by Peter R. Kingstone and Timothy J. Power

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.2030.KI

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Latin American heritage : interdisciplinary dialogues on Brazilian and Argentinian case studies / Fabiana Lopes da Cunha, Marcilene dos Santos, Jorge Rabassa, editors

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.3222.CU

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Street occupations : urban vending in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1925 / Patricia Acerbi

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.3273.AC

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Strange enemies : indigenous agency and scenes of encounters in Amazonia / Aparecida Vilaça

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.3286.VI

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Brazil’s economy : an institutional and sectoral approach / edited by Werner Baer [and four others]

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.3900.BA

in the UvA CataloguePlus


Volkswagen in the Amazon : the tragedy of global development in modern Brazil / Antoine Acker

Call Number 174: CEDLA 21.4574.AC

in the UvA CataloguePlus




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