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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin AmericaRethinking Participation and Representation$
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Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, and Monique Segarra

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198781837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198781830.001.0001

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The Evolution of the Brazilian Environmental Movement and Its Political Roles

The Evolution of the Brazilian Environmental Movement and Its Political Roles

(p.192) 8 The Evolution of the Brazilian Environmental Movement and Its Political Roles
The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America

Kathryn Hochstetler

Oxford University Press

Perceptions of the political importance of social movements and popular organizations often err by seeing only one of their many possible roles. An analysis of the evolution of the Brazilian environmental movement in the 1980s, as they themselves perceive it and through its impact on Brazilian politics, shows how the myriad groups went through different combinations of four important political roles. Although with less impact on the first of these—state transformation (the usual focus of analysis)—the environmental groups showed significant activity in other roles: representation of popular interests, cultural politics, and action in the informal polity.

Keywords:   Brazil, cultural politics, environment, informal polity, NGOs, political perception, political roles, representation, social movements

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