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Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil (In-Formation)

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"Through a masterful blending of history and ethnography, James Holston offers his readers an innovative and compelling way to think about citizenship in Brazil and elsewhere. Insurgent Citizenship shows how, historically, the category of 'citizen' in Brazilian society has been subject to differential rights and subtle gradations that have forced many people who enjoy formal citizenship to resort to illegal arrangements to survive. Perhaps most important, Holston analyzes the struggles of insurgent movements in Brazil's urban 'peripheries' not only to claim inclusion but to reshape the very meaning of citizenship."--Barbara Weinstein, New York University

"James Holston has written a landmark book. In this multilayered study, Holston has written an explosive history of modern citizenship. The implications of his work provide fresh insights in Brazilian democracy and its limitations--and suggest ways in which, in fact, Brazil may not be so unique in a world of legalized privileges and legitimated inequalities. A monumental achievement of engaged scholarship."--Jeremy Adelman, author of Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic

"This is a major book, and should provoke significant debate among Brazilianists and beyond. Holston offers a thoroughly researched, acutely argued, and well-written account of the emergence of a new understanding of citizenship in Brazil. He grounds his account of 'insurgent citizenship' in the study of neighborhood activism in two working-class neighborhoods on the periphery of São Paulo, Jardim das Camélias and Lar Nacional. His analysis of the former, in particular, is stunning."--Bryan McCann, Georgetown University

"This magnificent, richly detailed study of the emergence of an idea of the citizen as a rights-bearing subject, out of the morass of legal and social inequalities that have characterized Brazilian society since its inception, offers a provocative view of what democracy and rights mean for diminishing such inequalities. The developments in Brazil are similar to those taking place elsewhere in Latin America, and this book shows us in vivid detail why they are happening and what their implications might be."--Sally Engle Merry, New York University

"One of the best books I've ever read on Brazil or on citizenship."--Margaret Keck, Johns Hopkins University

Synopsis:

Insurgent citizenships have arisen in cities around the world. This book examines the insurgence of democratic citizenship in the urban peripheries of São Paulo, Brazil, its entanglement with entrenched systems of inequality, and its contradiction in violence.

James Holston argues that for two centuries Brazilians have practiced a type of citizenship all too common among nation-states--one that is universally inclusive in national membership and massively inegalitarian in distributing rights and in its legalization of social differences. But since the 1970s, he shows, residents of Brazil's urban peripheries have formulated a new citizenship that is destabilizing the old. Their mobilizations have developed not primarily through struggles of labor but through those of the city--particularly illegal residence, house building, and land conflict. Yet precisely as Brazilians democratized urban space and achieved political democracy, violence, injustice, and impunity increased dramatically. Based on comparative, ethnographic, and historical research, Insurgent Citizenship reveals why the insurgent and the entrenched remain dangerously conjoined as new kinds of citizens expand democracy even as new forms of violence and exclusion erode it.

Rather than view this paradox as evidence of democratic failure and urban chaos, Insurgent Citizenship argues that contradictory realizations of citizenship characterize all democracies--emerging and established. Focusing on processes of city- and citizen-making now prevalent globally, it develops new approaches for understanding the contemporary course of democratic citizenship in societies of vastly different cultures and histories.

Synopsis:

"Through a masterful blending of history and ethnography, James Holston offers his readers an innovative and compelling way to think about citizenship in Brazil and elsewhere. Insurgent Citizenship shows how, historically, the category of 'citizen' in Brazilian society has been subject to differential rights and subtle gradations that have forced many people who enjoy formal citizenship to resort to illegal arrangements to survive. Perhaps most important, Holston analyzes the struggles of insurgent movements in Brazil's urban 'peripheries' not only to claim inclusion but to reshape the very meaning of citizenship."--Barbara Weinstein, New York University

"James Holston has written a landmark book. In this multilayered study, Holston has written an explosive history of modern citizenship. The implications of his work provide fresh insights in Brazilian democracy and its limitations--and suggest ways in which, in fact, Brazil may not be so unique in a world of legalized privileges and legitimated inequalities. A monumental achievement of engaged scholarship."--Jeremy Adelman, author of Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic

"This is a major book, and should provoke significant debate among Brazilianists and beyond. Holston offers a thoroughly researched, acutely argued, and well-written account of the emergence of a new understanding of citizenship in Brazil. He grounds his account of 'insurgent citizenship' in the study of neighborhood activism in two working-class neighborhoods on the periphery of São Paulo, Jardim das Camélias and Lar Nacional. His analysis of the former, in particular, is stunning."--Bryan McCann, Georgetown University

"This magnificent, richly detailed study of the emergence of an idea of the citizen as a rights-bearing subject, out of the morass of legal and social inequalities that have characterized Brazilian society since its inception, offers a provocative view of what democracy and rights mean for diminishing such inequalities. The developments in Brazil are similar to those taking place elsewhere in Latin America, and this book shows us in vivid detail why they are happening and what their implications might be."--Sally Engle Merry, New York University

"One of the best books I've ever read on Brazil or on citizenship."--Margaret Keck, Johns Hopkins University

About the Author

James Holston is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of "The Modernist City" and the editor of "Cities and Citizenship".

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables xi
Preface xiii

PART ONE: DISRUPTIONS

Chapter 1: Citizenship Made Strange 3
Public Standing and Everyday Citizenship 15
Particular Citizenships 18
Treating the Unequal Unequally 25
History as an Argument about the Present 33

PART TWO: INEQUALITIES

Chapter 2: In/Divisible Nations 39
Comparative Formulations 41
French Indivisibility 44
American Restriction 52
Brazilian Inclusion 62

Chapter 3: Limiting Political Citizenship 82
The Surprisingly Broad Colonial Franchise 83
Restrictions with Independence 88
A Long Step Backward into Oligarchy 100
Urbanization and the Equalization of Rights 104

Chapter 4: Restricting Access to Landed Property 112
Property, Personality, and Civil Standing 113
Land, Labor, and Law 116
The Tangle of Colonial Land Tenure 118
National Land Reform, Slavery, and Immigrant Free Labor 123
The Land Law of 1850 131
Land Law and Market Become Accomplices of Fraud 136
Illegality, Inequality, and Instability as Norms 142

Chapter 5: Segregating the City 146
Center and Periphery 147
Evicting Workers and Managing Society 157
Autoconstructing the Peripheries 165
Social Rights for Urban Labor 186
A Differentiated Citizenship 197

PART THREE: INSURGENCIES

Chapter 6: Legalizing the Illegal 203
The Illegal Periphery 206
A Case of Land Fraud in Jardim das Camélias 213
Histories of Dubious Origins 219
Federal Ownership Claims: Sesmarias and Indians 220
Ackel Ownership Claims: Posse and Squatter's Rights 223
The Ownership Claims of Adis and the State of São Paulo 224
The Misrule of Law 227

Chapter 7: Urban Citizens 233
New Civic Participation 235
The Mobilization of Lar Nacional 241
Reinventing the Public Sphere 247
New Foundations of Rights 253
Rights as Privilege 254
Contributor Rights 260
Text-Based Rights 264

PART FOUR: DISJUNCTIONS

Chapter 8: Dangerous Spaces of Citizenship 271
Everyday Incivilities 275
In/Justice 284
Gang Talk and Rights Talk 300
Insurgent Citizenships and Disjunctive Democracies 309

Notes 315
Bibliography 361
Index 375

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691142906
Author:
Holston, James
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Regional Studies
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
World History / Comparativ
Subject:
e History
Subject:
World History / Comparative H
Subject:
istory
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
In-Formation
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones. 6 line illus. 9 tables.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Insurgent citizenships have arisen in cities around the world. This book examines the insurgence of democratic citizenship in the urban peripheries of São Paulo, Brazil, its entanglement with entrenched systems of inequality, and its contradiction in violence.

James Holston argues that for two centuries Brazilians have practiced a type of citizenship all too common among nation-states--one that is universally inclusive in national membership and massively inegalitarian in distributing rights and in its legalization of social differences. But since the 1970s, he shows, residents of Brazil's urban peripheries have formulated a new citizenship that is destabilizing the old. Their mobilizations have developed not primarily through struggles of labor but through those of the city--particularly illegal residence, house building, and land conflict. Yet precisely as Brazilians democratized urban space and achieved political democracy, violence, injustice, and impunity increased dramatically. Based on comparative, ethnographic, and historical research, Insurgent Citizenship reveals why the insurgent and the entrenched remain dangerously conjoined as new kinds of citizens expand democracy even as new forms of violence and exclusion erode it.

Rather than view this paradox as evidence of democratic failure and urban chaos, Insurgent Citizenship argues that contradictory realizations of citizenship characterize all democracies--emerging and established. Focusing on processes of city- and citizen-making now prevalent globally, it develops new approaches for understanding the contemporary course of democratic citizenship in societies of vastly different cultures and histories.

"Synopsis" by ,

"Through a masterful blending of history and ethnography, James Holston offers his readers an innovative and compelling way to think about citizenship in Brazil and elsewhere. Insurgent Citizenship shows how, historically, the category of 'citizen' in Brazilian society has been subject to differential rights and subtle gradations that have forced many people who enjoy formal citizenship to resort to illegal arrangements to survive. Perhaps most important, Holston analyzes the struggles of insurgent movements in Brazil's urban 'peripheries' not only to claim inclusion but to reshape the very meaning of citizenship."--Barbara Weinstein, New York University

"James Holston has written a landmark book. In this multilayered study, Holston has written an explosive history of modern citizenship. The implications of his work provide fresh insights in Brazilian democracy and its limitations--and suggest ways in which, in fact, Brazil may not be so unique in a world of legalized privileges and legitimated inequalities. A monumental achievement of engaged scholarship."--Jeremy Adelman, author of Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic

"This is a major book, and should provoke significant debate among Brazilianists and beyond. Holston offers a thoroughly researched, acutely argued, and well-written account of the emergence of a new understanding of citizenship in Brazil. He grounds his account of 'insurgent citizenship' in the study of neighborhood activism in two working-class neighborhoods on the periphery of São Paulo, Jardim das Camélias and Lar Nacional. His analysis of the former, in particular, is stunning."--Bryan McCann, Georgetown University

"This magnificent, richly detailed study of the emergence of an idea of the citizen as a rights-bearing subject, out of the morass of legal and social inequalities that have characterized Brazilian society since its inception, offers a provocative view of what democracy and rights mean for diminishing such inequalities. The developments in Brazil are similar to those taking place elsewhere in Latin America, and this book shows us in vivid detail why they are happening and what their implications might be."--Sally Engle Merry, New York University

"One of the best books I've ever read on Brazil or on citizenship."--Margaret Keck, Johns Hopkins University

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