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Insurgent Citizenship:
Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil
James Holston

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"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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