Brazilian labor history is addressed in International Review of Social History publication
The special issue of the International Review of Social History (IRSH), recently published by Cambridge University Press, features the largest compilation of Brazilian labor social history articles published in an English-language journal. Compiled by Paulo Fontes, professor of FGV’s School of Social Sciences (CPDOC), Alexandre Fortes (UFFRJ), and David Mayer (IISH - International Institute of Social History), the issue presents and discusses the role of Brazilian labor historiography within the context of debates surrounding the so-called global labor history.
The issue has nine articles written by 12 scholars from universities in Brazil and abroad. In addition to the introduction written alongside the other writers, professor Paulo Fontes also wrote the article “The Local and the Global: Neighborhoods, Workers and Associations in Sao Paulo (1945–1964)”. The article analyzes the connections between homeowners associations built around specific working-class neighborhoods in Sao Paulo, between the end of World War II and the Brazilian military coup in 1964, and union struggles. The study suggests that analyses with such a targeted scope, such as those focusing on specific blue-collar neighborhoods, may have an impact on discussions regarding Global Labor History.
International Review of Social History is considered one of the most prominent journals in the field of social history worldwide. All articles are available at the website, in English.
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