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The platypus' egg: the trajectory of Francisco de Oliveira

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Flavio da Silva Mendes
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Marcelo Siqueira Ridenti; Michel Nicolau Netto; Elide Rugai Bastos; Ruy Braga; Cibele Saliba Rizek; Afrânio Raul Garcia Júnior
Advisor: Marcelo Siqueira Ridenti

This thesis is dedicated to the study of Francisco de Oliveira's trajectory. Born in Recife (1933), the sociologist worked alongside Celso Furtado in SUDENE between 1959 and the beginning of the civil-military dictatorship (1964). At the end of that decade, in São Paulo, he joined other intellectuals in the newly created CEBRAP, which would become an important scientific production center on the Brazilian reality and political opposition to the authoritarian regime. In 1972, linked to that group, Francisco de Oliveira published his famous essay Crítica à razão dualista, a constant reference in political and economic debates of his generation. A few years later, in 1977, he released Elegia para uma re(li)gião, a critical analysis of the performance of SUDENE crossed by a discussion on the regional issues. In the late 1970s, the sociologist engaged in the struggle for democracy and the creation of the Partido dos Trabalhadores. His texts during next decade are balanced between climate optimistic provided by the national situation and concerns about the transformations of world capitalism, which imposed new challenges to Social Sciences. In 1990's the defeat of his political bets and the advancement of a liberal democracy cutting deepened the pessimistic tone of his works and fed the diagnosis of Brazil as a nation attached to an evolutionary dead end, as suggested by the metaphor presented in O ornitorrinco . The interpretation of his trial reveals details of how a generation of brazilian intellectuals thought the national development and some of their disappointments on this process (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/18710-9 - The egg of the platypus: the Brazil post-1980 in the work of Francisco de Oliveira
Grantee:Flavio da Silva Mendes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate