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Constellations of Inequality: Space, Race, and Utopia in Brazil

Sean T. Mitchell


Through an analysis of Brazil’s changing politics of inequality, development, and race, Constellations of Inequality demonstrates the value of ethnography to illuminate the relationships between inequality and consciousness at multiple scales—local, national and global. Based on long-term ethnographic research in Alcântara, Maranhão, the book analyzes the conflicts surrounding Brazil’s spaceport—a high-technology project of global transcendence located in one of Brazil’s poorest regions. The spaceport was built in the 1980s in a region principally populated by the descendants of those once ens ... More

Keywords: Brazil, Ethnography, Inequality, Race, Technoscience, Utopia, Brazilian Space Program, Quilombolas, Consciousness, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226499123
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226499437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean T. Mitchell, author
Rutgers University-Newark