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The city of Recife in the fourth Republic: culture, intellectual sociability and the underdevelopment issue

Grant number: 17/26955-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Marcos Francisco Napolitano de Eugenio
Grantee:Fábio Silva de Souza
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/24216-9 - The city of Recife in the Fourth Republic: culture, intellectual sociability and the underdevelopment issue, BE.EP.DR


This research project aims to analyze the intellectual sociability in the city of Recife during the years 1946-1964, as well as the perception of the underdevelopment as a social and cultural experience. The present research will be based on the vision of a given intellectual elite about the social and economic underdevelopment of the Brazilian Northeast region. For that, a wide documentary corpus will be used. These documents belong to the main institutions among those which have organized discussions and projects about the underdevelopment in Brazil's Northeast region; they are: Instituto Joaquim Nabuco de Pesquisas Sociais, Universidade do Recife e Superintendência do Desenvolvimento do Nordeste. Furthermore, we will also analyze a wide documentation from the Movimento de Cultura Popular do Recife as well as the cultural section from the following newspapers: Jornal do Comércio e Diário de Pernambuco. Based on this corpus, we will try to understand what was the role of this left wing intellectual elite in the construction of a historically meaningful cultural network in Brazil. By choosing this approach, we're faced with the following questions: is it possible to infer a common profile from these intellectuals in this half century period in Recife? What was their role in the revolutionary and reformist projects of the fourth republic? Can they be considered a counter-elite due to their cultural production? A prosopographical approach of these groups of intellectuals will shape this political history. (AU)