Political Subjectivities in Times of Crisis: Nostalgic Narratives of Disorder and Disinterest among Working-Class Families in Brazil
M. Benjamin Junge, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, SUNY New Paltz, and SAR’s 2021 Weatherhead fellow.
Junge’s presentation will outline his plan for an ethnographic monograph, provisionally entitled “Family Is Everything: Generational Tensions, Cultural Memory, and Political Subjectivity in Recife, Brazil.” Drawing from a three-year, National Science Foundation–funded investigation, the book project examines formations of political subjectivity among families who experienced upward socioeconomic mobility during the twenty-first century’s first decade, but faced precarity in subsequent years because of Brazil’s spiraling economic and political crises. As its common thread, the project centers on the narratives of one extended family whose experiences speak to the hopes and frustrations of millions of “once-rising poor” Brazilian families in times of growth and crisis. Junge presents an anthropological analysis of political sentiment and cultural memory in these poor and working-class families.
This event is part of the 2021 fall scholar colloquia series.
Each year, incoming resident scholars introduce their work to the SAR community through a presentation and Q&A. This year’s talks are hosted online and continue to be free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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