Claiming Brazil: Performances of Citizenship in the Centenary of Independence


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University of Pittsburgh Press
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6.38 X 9.13 X 1.1 inches | 1.41 pounds
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About the Author

Gregg Bocketti is professor of history at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil.


"In Claiming Brazil, Bocketti artfully merges two views about 1922 as a key year in Brazilian history: that it was a moment of celebration of the past and the beginning of an exciting new vision of Brazilian society. Bocketti is able to stack time, showing how Brazilians have used 1922 to take stock of the present, memorialize the past, and create visions of the future. Bocketti scrutinizes the organization and importance of the years' events in an innovative way: incorporating not only governmental and intellectual discourse, but the participation of Brazilians and resident foreigners from all walks of life. Claiming Brazil presents us with how the meaning of independence, citizenship, and the Brazilian nation came to be developed by an extraordinary array of Brazilians and foreigners, from fishermen, athletes, and aviators, to immigrants, intellectuals, and governmental figures." --Courtney J. Campbell, University of Birmingham

"Gregg Bocketti's new book offers a fresh examination of a key moment in the history of modern Brazil, the hundredth anniversary of the country's declaration of independence from Portugal. All the more exciting, it does so just in time for another Brazilian centennial and, perhaps, another inflection point in the trajectory of the South American giant. Not for these reasons alone, Claiming Brazil should find a wide readership among scholars and students of Latin American history and memory." --James Woodard, Montclair State University
"Brazil's 1922 Centenary was marked by marches and monuments. Claiming Brazil asks why elites believed their own unifying rhetoric about public displays even as the events emphasized long-term fractures. Skillfully analyzing bifurcations like modernity/tradition, nation/region, citizenship/foreignness, and whiteness/Blackness, Gregg Bocketti shows how the Centenary contributed to the rise of the Vargas dictatorship and seeks lessons for the 2022 bicentenary." --Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University
"Claiming Brazil is an excellent contribution to scholarship investigating Brazilian history from multilayered perspectives. Chapters clearly demonstrate the complexity of the analytical task undertaken by Bocketti. Alongside the official Centenary of Independence festivities, Bocketti discusses displays of immigrant identity and regional performances of citizenship, rarely acknowledged yet crucial dimensions of this history. The book is timely: in 2022, Brazil celebrates its bicentenary while facing history-defining federal elections. By shedding light on the history of racial, cultural, generational, and regional fissures in Brazil, Claiming Brazil offers solid ground for our understanding of the country's contemporary challenges." --Livia Rezende, the University of New South Wales