When the plumber(s) come to fix a country: Doing Labor History in Brazil

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Those with a sharp tongue might say that labor historians in contemporary Brazil operate in the shadows or, to be more accurate, the shadow cast by the success of Latin America's most famous trade unionist, who served as president from 2002-2010. The field's growth in the number and quality of practitioners, as well as the breadth of their ambitions, cannot be separated from the memorable metalworkers' strikes of 1979 and 1980, the subsequent defeat of the military dictatorship in 1985, and the construction of a militant trade unionism and the radical Workers' Party that ran Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for president in five successive elections between 1989 and 2006. © 2013 International Labor and Working-Class History, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • French, JD; Fortes, A

Published Date

  • September 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 117 - 126

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-6445

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-5479

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0147547912000336

Citation Source

  • Scopus