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Week 14: Migration, Urbanisation and Labour Movements

Lecture powerpoint

Seminar Questions

•What problems did rapid industrialisation bring to Brazil between the 1940s and the 1960s?

How successful were the demands of Brazilian organised labour in the middle years of the twentieth century?
• How did those demands interact with the state?

From the perspective of organised labour, did 1945-54 look different from 1930-45? How? Why?

How did internal migration shape urban life and working-class politics in the Brazilian southeast?

Seminar Reading

•John D. French, The Brazilian workers' ABC: class conflict and alliances in modern São Paulo (1992), Ch 5, “Popular Getulismo and Working Class Organization,” 132-151 [on library scans page]

Joel Wolfe, Working women, working men: São Paulo and the rise of Brazil's industrial working class, 1900-1955 (1993), Introduction, pp1-5, & Chapter 4: "World War II and the Struggle for Citizenship, 1942-1945," pp 94-124

Suggestions for further reading on labour movements in the Vargas era:

Paulo Fontes, Migration and the Making of Industrial Sao Paulo. Duke University Press, 2016. [E-book at Library]

•Joel Wolfe, Working women, working men: São Paulo and the rise of Brazil's industrial working class, 1900-1955 (1993), Chapter 3, “Class Struggle versus Conciliação: the Estado Novo, 1935-42,” pp 70-93. [on library scans page]