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Author Santos, Martha

Title Cleansing honor with blood : masculinity, violence, and power in the backlands of northeast Brazil, 1845-1889
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (315 pages)
Contents List of Tables and Figures; Acknowledgments; A Note on Weights, Measures, Brazilian Currency, and Orthography; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. A Brief Moment of Prosperity: Land, Opportunity, and Autonomy,1845-70; 2. Unruly Soldiers and Honorable Providers: Paradoxes of Masculinity and State Formation in the Backlands, 1840s-89; 3. Poor but Respectable: Community, Family, and the Gendered Negotiation of Daily Life, 1845-89; 4. A Changing World: Deprivation, Dislocation, and the Disruptionof Honorable Masculinity, 1865-89
5. Masculinity Challenged and Affirmed: Autonomous Women, Men, and Violent Patriarchy, 1865-896. Of Courage and Manhood: Masculine Spaces, Violence, and Honor, 1865-89; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary This book offers a critical reinterpretation of male violence, patriarchy, and machismo in rural Latin America. It focuses on the lives of lower-class men and women, known as sertanejo/as, in the hinterlands of the northeastern Brazilian province of Ceará between 1845 and 1889. Challenging the widely accepted depiction of sertanejos as conditioned to violence by nature, culture, and climate, Santos argues that their concern with maintaining an honorable manly reputation and the use of violence were historically contingent strategies employed to resolve conflicts over scant resources and to es
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Subject Honor -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Machismo -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Masculinity -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Men -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Power (Social sciences) -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Sex role -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Violence -- Brazil -- Ceará (State) -- History -- 19th century.
Ceará (Brazil : State) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804778485