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Author Truzzi, Oswaldo, author

Title Syrian and Lebanese patrícios in São Paulo : from the Levant to Brazil / Oswaldo Truzzi ; translated by Ramon Stern
Published [Champaign, IL] : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Studies of world migrations
Studies of world migrations.
Contents Preface to the Brazilian edition / Boris Fausto -- Preface : the Syrian-Lebanese diaspora in a global perspective / Jose C. Moya -- Redeeming family -- From peddlers to entrepreneurs -- Reinventing identities -- Internal differentiation -- The liberal professions : doctors, lawyers, and engineers -- Patricios in politics -- Brazil and the United States : a comparative view -- Conclusion : toward a history of urban immigration in Sao Paulo -- Afterword : sociability and values of Lebanese Muslim families in Sao Paulo
Summary "This project is a translation into English of a book by Oswaldo Truzzi on Syrians and Lebanese in São Paulo from the end of the 19th century to the 1950s. Truzzi begins by describing migrants' reasons for emigrating to Brazil. He examines the economic trajectory of many of the immigrants, from peddlers to retailers, wholesale traders, and industrialists, and discusses their efforts to reinvent the unfavorable identity of "merchant" by relating it to a strong work ethic and to a mission of spreading the novelties of progress (the merchandises they commercialized) to the farthest corners of Brazil. Truzzi considers the process of differentiation within the group, both economically and in terms of religious and ethnic affinities (particularly the perception of differences between Syrians and Lebanese), and discusses the professional aspirations of the second generation. He also undertakes a comparative discussion of Syrians and Lebanese in Brazil and the United States, noting the importance of pioneering commercial activities in haberdashery, clothing, and textile sectors, a niche dominated by Jews in the United States that Syrians and Lebanese pioneered in Brazil. The book closes with a discussion of a more recent wave of Lebanese Muslims migrants to São Paulo beginning in the 1960s"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published by Editora Hucitec, Sao Paulo, as Patricios : Sirios e Libaneses em Sao Paulo
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 29, 2018)
Subject Immigrants -- Brazil -- São Paulo (State) -- History.
Lebanese -- Brazil -- São Paulo (State) -- History.
Syrians -- Brazil -- São Paulo (State) -- History.
São Paulo (Brazil : State) -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
São Paulo (Brazil : State) -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Stern, Ramon, translator
ISBN 0252050665 (electronic bk.)
9780252050664 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Patrícios: Sírios e Libaneses em São Paulo. English