Urban Space and National Identity in Early Twentieth Century São Paulo, Brazil Crafting Modernity

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Urban Space and National Identity in Early Twentieth Century São Paulo, Brazil focuses on how the political, cultural, and technical networks within the field of engineering provided the space within which an important professional middle class prospered in the city of São Paulo and made lasting contributions to the development of modern Brazil. It centers on the influence of middle-class aspirations, morals, and manners in setting the tone of political discourse and competition during the critical years of 1930-45. The book examines the development of local institutions and the history of urban planning and design in the city of São Paulo to explore socio-cultural ideas and practices reflected in these middle-class professionalsrs" work.

Author Biography

Cristina Peixoto-Mehrtens is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She was Professor of Architecture at the Catholic University in Campinas and served as an architect for the State Housing Agency (CDHU) in São Paulo. Her research interests extend from the construction of a mostly male technical apparatus in 20th-century Brazil to the current history of mostly female Brazilian immigrants in the United States. She is the author of several journal articles, and contributed to The Unedited Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus (1999), The Brazil Reader (1999), and Municipal Services and Employees in the Modern City (2003).

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Chart, and Illustrationsp. vii
Note of Explanationp. ix
Acronymsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Public and Private: Crossed Paths in the Paulista Process of Urban Consolidationp. 13
The Dynamics of Paulista Urban Institutions in the 1930sp. 41
The Making of Urban Middle-Class Employees in the 1930sp. 83
The Symbolic Construction of a Paulista Urban Identityp. 111
Politics and Urban Change: Building the Pacaembu Stadiump. 139
Conclusionp. 163
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 265
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