Title

History, Sociology and the Political Conflicts of the 1920s in São Paulo, Brazil

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Journal / Book Title

Journal of Latin American Studies

Abstract

In recent years an ‘ethno-economic’ interpretation of politics in the coffee state of São Paulo in the early twentieth century, associated particularly with the work of Mauricio Font, has gained widespread acceptance. Its claim that state politics in the period was increasingly shaped by a cleavage between a declining traditional coffee aristocracy on the one hand, and a rising, mostly immigrant, smallholding and industrial economy on the other, is challenged here. It is argued, in part on the basis of a re-examination of the sources used by Font, that ideological rather than economic concerns motivated the Liga Nacional, while at county level, in Araras and elsewhere, personal and clientelistic motives continued to shape political loyalties. Finally, the argument that the Partido Democrático was driven primarily by ‘Big Coffee’ reaction to the PRP is shown to be unfounded.

DOI

10.1017/S0022216X0500903X

Journal ISSN / Book ISBN

0022-216X

Published Citation

James P. Woodard. “History, Sociology and the Political Conflicts of the 1920s in São Paulo, Brazil.” Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 37, no. 2, 2005, p. 333.

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