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The Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Emergent Social Movements under Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985
Christopher Dunn, Tulane University
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Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Authoritarian Brazil (Book)
Title: Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Authoritarian Brazil
Author: Christopher Dunn
Abstract: Christopher Dunn’s study focuses on the inventive cultural production and intense social transformations that emerged in Brazil during the rule of an iron-fisted military regime during the sixties and seventies. The Brazilian contracultura was a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that developed alongside the ascent of hardline forces within the regime in the late 1960s. Focusing on urban, middle-class Brazilians often inspired by the international counterculture that flourished in the United States and parts of western Europe, Dunn shows how new discourses around race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship erupted under even the most oppressive political conditions.
Dunn reveals previously ignored connections between the counterculture and Brazilian music, literature, film, visual arts, and alternative journalism. In chronicling desbunde, the Brazilian hippie movement, he shows how the state of Bahia, renowned for its Afro-Brazilian culture, emerged as a countercultural mecca for youth in search of spiritual alternatives. As this critical and expansive work demonstrates, many of the country’s social and justice movements have their origins in the countercultural attitudes, practices, and sensibilities that flourished during the military dictatorship.
Primary URL: http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3776
Access Model: University Press book in print and kindle editions
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No