This volume is a critical inquiry into the social project and socioeconomic realities of emerging Brazil, a country that faces profound changes. A team of acknowledged specialists on Brazil’s complex configuration addresses state policies, social dynamics and economic constraints and opportunities for emancipation. Chapters adopt long-run perspectives on the development of the Brazilian welfare state, limits and opportunities for emancipation in the labor market, the scope and depth of social policies such as "Bolsa Família" and Rio’s Peacemaking Police Units (UPP), social movements - in particular, the Movement of the Landless (MST) - cultural policies at the federal level, the role of media in the country’s democratization project, and how two important commodities (sugar and oil) shape the identities of blacks and whites in Bahia. This book is essential reading for all those interested in understanding what kind of Brazil has acquired a prominent global position and what hurdles it faces to consolidate its position as a global player.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByJan Nederveen Pieterse, Adalberto Cardoso

chapter 1|21 pages

Building Democracy in an Emerging Society

Challenges of the Welfare State in Brazil
BySonia Fleury

chapter 2|18 pages

Inequality, Poverty, and the Brazilian Social Protection System

ByMarcelo Medeiros, Sergei Soares, Pedro Souza, Rafael Osorio

chapter 3|14 pages

Growth and Social Policies

Towards Inclusive Development
ByJan Nederveen Pieterse

chapter 4|19 pages

Brazil's Labor Market

Limitations and Opportunities for Emancipation
ByAdalberto Cardoso

chapter 5|14 pages

Social Movements and Emancipation in Brazil

ByIlse Scherer-Warren

chapter 6|24 pages

MST's Agenda of Emancipation

Interfaces of National Politics and Global Contestation
ByBreno Bringel

chapter 7|17 pages

Brazilian Culture as Category of Public Intervention

ByMyrian Sepúlveda dos Santos

chapter 8|17 pages

Community Policing of Rio's Favelas

State-Led Development or Market-Oriented Intervention?
ByErica Mesker

chapter 9|16 pages

Media Democratization in Brazil Revisited

ByCarolina Matos

chapter 10|21 pages

A Bahian Counterpoint of Sugar and Oil

Global Commodities, Global Identities? 1
ByLivio Sansone

chapter 11|14 pages

Why (Post)Colonialism and (De)Coloniality Are Not Enough

A Post-Imperialist Perspective 1
ByGustavo Lins Ribeiro