Brazil's Steel City

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Brazil's Steel Citypresents a social history of the National Steel Company (CSN), Brazil's foremost state-owned company and largest industrial enterprise in the mid-twentieth century. It focuses on the role the steelworkers played in Brazil's social and economic development under the country's import substitution policies from the early 1940s to the 1964 military coup. Counter to prevalent interpretations of industrial labor in Latin America, where workers figure above all as victims of capitalist exploitation, Dinius shows that CSN workers held strategic power and used it to reshape the company's labor regime, extracting impressive wage gains and benefits. Dinius argues that these workers, and their peers in similarly strategic industries, had the power to undermine the state capitalist development model prevalent in the large economies of postwar Latin America.

Author Biography

Oliver J. Dinius is Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is the co-editor of Company Towns in the Americas: Landscape, Power, and Working-Class Communities (2010).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Inducing an Industrial Revolution: The Creation of the National Steel Companyp. 14
Industry Comes to a Village, Villagers Come to an Industryp. 39
State Paternalism in the Making of a Company Townp. 70
From Construction to Production: Labor Management in Transitionp. 98
Beware of the Communists: Political Policing and Labor Controlp. 124
Power over Production: The Technical Division of Labor and Workers' Strategic Positions in Steelp. 147
Strategic Power, Labor Politics, and the Rise of the Metalworkers Unionp. 179
The Crisis of Developmentalism: From Union Hegemony to the Military Coupp. 206
Conclusionp. 233
Appendixp. 239
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 317
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