Dilma Rousseff’s historic victory in the 2010 presidential election depended on sweeping the Brazilian northeast. She triumphed in a region habitually described by its impoverishment, natural calamities, and a longstanding regard for violence as the basis of authority. Repeated ad nauseam about the northeast in general, and its sertão, or hinterlands, in particular, these attributes have acquired a timeless and inherent quality. What, then, can Dilma’s resounding electoral performance suggest about the changing codes of public life in the northeast?
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Editores: Ori Preuss; Nahuel Ribke
Instituto Sverdlin de Historia y Cultura de América Latina, Escuela de Historia
Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv,
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