Constellations Of Inequality: Space, Race, And Utopia In Brazil by Sean T. MitchellConstellations Of Inequality: Space, Race, And Utopia In Brazil by Sean T. Mitchell

Constellations Of Inequality: Space, Race, And Utopia In Brazil

bySean T. Mitchell

Paperback | December 6, 2017

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Winner of the 2018 Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Brazil Section Book Prize

In 1982, the Brazilian Air Force arrived on the Alcântara peninsula to build a state-of-the-art satellite launch facility. They displaced some 1,500 Afro-Brazilians from coastal land to inadequate inland villages, leaving many more threatened with displacement. Completed in 1990, this vast undertaking in one of Brazil’s poorest regions has provoked decades of conflict and controversy.
Constellations of Inequality tells this story of technological aspiration and the stark dynamics of inequality it laid bare. Sean T. Mitchell analyzes conflicts over land, ethnoracial identity, mobilization among descendants of escaped slaves, military-civilian competition in the launch program, and international intrigue. Throughout, he illuminates Brazil’s changing politics of inequality and examines how such inequality is made, reproduced, and challenged. How people conceptualize and act on the unequal conditions in which they find themselves, he shows, is as much a cultural and historical matter as a material one. Deftly broadening our understanding of race, technology, development, and political consciousness on local, national, and global levels, Constellations of Inequality paints a portrait of contemporary Brazil that will interest a broad spectrum of readers. 
Sean T. Mitchell is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University–Newark.  
Title:Constellations Of Inequality: Space, Race, And Utopia In BrazilFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 6, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022649926X

ISBN - 13:9780226499260

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Relaunching Alcântara
1 Mimetic Convergence and Complementary Hierarchy
2 Alcântara in Space and Time
3 Interpreting an Explosion
4 Expertise and Inequality
5 Racialization and Race-Based Law
6 The Making of Race and Class
7 Space at the Edge of the Amazon
Conclusion: Space and Utopia
Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

“Mitchell’s wide-ranging but rich and sensitive ethnography dazzles, due in no small part to the author’s deft shifts in scale that make clear how race and inequality came together in novel and unsettling ways in Brazil of the Lula years.”