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18:00 - 20:00 30 October 2014

Race, religion and culture in Brazilian social thought: some highlights

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Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Roberto Motta, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Brazilian social thought (Pensamento Social Brasileiro, as the discipline is known in Brazil), has dealt, for the last 14 decades, with the study of Brazil’s historical and cultural specificity. In other words, why has Brazil not developed like those which prevailed in Western Europe and North America? Why are we not the United States? Racial explanations have been proposed at least since the end of the nineteenth century. Religious explanations had also been offered even earlier in the same century, in terms at times strikingly similar to some of Max Weber’s explanations in his thesis on the Protestant Ethic. Such explanations are still very much present in recent and current Brazilian thought, albeit mainly in secularized versions.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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