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Facing Poverty and Marginalization

Fifty Years of Critical Research in Brazil

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Edited By Michalis Kontopodis, Maria Cecília Camargo Magalhães and Maria José Coracini

A long history of poverty, discrimination, colonialism and struggle for social justice has provided, over the last fifty years, the context for the development of a vast amount of critical scholarship targeting marginalization in Brazil: Freireian pedagogics, theology of liberation, critical sociology, anthropology and ethnomathematics, critical social psychology and discourse analysis. Most of this scholarship has unfortunately been accessible only to the Portuguese-speaking readership. This volume presents, for the first time to an international audience, the novel understandings of critical research that have emerged in this frame. While Brazil is entering a new phase of socio-economic and political turmoil, distinguished representatives of the various critical research traditions from all over Brazil explore the voices and practices of those who are usually hardly heard: the helpless, the mentally ill, the landless, the homeless, the voiceless youth, delinquents, indigenous people, the powerless. The volume proposes original theoretical tools and arguments that can inspire social-scientific discussions on facing poverty and marginalization not only with regard to Brazil, but also other parts of the world. It is the first book of its kind in English and a unique tool for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and specialists across the social sciences.

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(Post)Critical Global Studies: A Note from the Series Editors

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It is a great pleasure to introduce the book series (Post)Critical Global Studies with the publication of its first volume, Facing Poverty and Marginalization: Fifty Years of Critical Research in Brazil. As Brazil enters a new phase of socio-economic and political turmoil, distinguished representatives of the various critical research traditions from all over Brazil explore the voices and practices of those who are considered powerless: the helpless, the mentally ill, the delinquent, the landless, the “homeless”, the voiceless youth, and the indigenous. In parallel, the volume offers an international audience a first-time glimpse into the new theoretical understandings produced by the critical research that has emerged over the last fifty years in Brazil, such as Freireian pedagogics, critical sociology, ethno-mathematics, critical social psychology, and discourse analysis.

We hope that this volume constitutes a first step into establishing a vibrant exchange of ideas between Latin America and the rest of the world on contemporary social issues, so as to explore the possibilities for the local and global social change that is the broader aim of this series.

Márcia Aparecida Amador Mascia, Silvia Grinberg & Michalis Kontopodis

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