Restructuring Patriarchy The Modernization of Gender Inequality in Brazil, 1914-1940

ISBN-10: 0807845590

ISBN-13: 9780807845592

Edition: 2nd 1996

Authors: Susan K. Besse
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Description: Susan K. Besse broadens our understanding of the political by establishing the relevance of gender for the construction of state hegemony in Brazil after World War I.Restructuring Patriarchydemonstrates that the consolidation and legitimization of power by President Getlio Vargas's Estado Novo depended to a large extent on the reorganization of social relations in the private sphere. New expectations and patterns of behavior for women emerged in postwar Brazil from heated debates between men and women, housewives and career women, feminists and antifeminists, reformist professionals and conservative clerics, and industrialists and bureaucrats. But as urban middle- and upper-class women challenged patriarchal authority at home and assumed new roles in public, prominent intellectuals, professionals, and politicians defined and imposed new 'hygienic,' rational, and scientific gender norms. Thus, modernization of the gender system within Brazil's rising urban-industrial society accommodated new necessities and opportunities for women without fundamentally changing the gender inequality that underlay the larger structure of social inequality in Brazil.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Susan K. Besse is associate professor of history at the City College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Acknowledgments
A Note on Brazilian Currency
Introduction
The Demise Of Patriarchalism
a "Deformed and Demoralized Institution"
Shoring Up Marriage
Updating Child Rearing
Educating Without Emancipating
The Politics Of Feminism(S) And Antifeminism(S)
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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