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God above all: evangelicals and conservatism in the Brazilian crisis

Grant number: 19/13130-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 13, 2022
Effective date (End): October 12, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Ronaldo Romulo Machado de Almeida
Grantee:Ronaldo Romulo Machado de Almeida
Host: James Holston
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States  

Abstract

The project aims to understand the articulation between evangelicals and conservatism in the Brazilian crisis, which was triggered by the street protests of June 2013, polarized in the 2014 elections, deepened with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, and whose most recent deployment was the election of a politician with the right-wing rhetoric in 2018. A significant part of this religious segment composes the broader social process that has been termed in the national and international public debate as a conservative wave. Not all conservatives are evangelical and not all evangelicals are conservative, but in what moments, among whom, where and how did conservatism and evangelism get together in the contemporary Brazilian crisis?My more general hypothesis is that the wave is a tangle of actors, discourses, projects, interests, alliances in different planes of political interaction traversed by at least four central social force lines: economically liberal, morally regulating, politically authoritarian and socially intolerant. I think of the wave as being "broken" because it is the result of unequal, asymmetrical social processes with different temporalities, but which in the current conjuncture have been politically organized around common enemies: human rights, the protective state, secular morality, diversity of behaviors, among others.

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