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The Secret History of Subversion: Sex, Modernity, and the Brazilian National Security State


2010 2010

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This project explores the role of the extreme Right in fostering and structuring state violence and repression during Brazil's military dictatorship (1964–1985). In a mid-Cold War pattern that would soon overtake the continent, the Brazilian military seized and held power in the name of countersubversive (anticommunist) national security. As generations of scholars have made clear, "subversion" thus functioned as a constant, theoretical and justificatory enemy against which the Brazilian regime (like its nearby counterparts) unleashed state-sponsored terror, torture, and murder. Yet we still know relatively little about how subversion was constructed and comprehended by those who so violently sought to combat it—and how such construction lent military government its ferocity and tenacity. This dissertation argues that Brazilian military rulers and their conservative supporters envisioned the Cold war primarily as a culture war; that the record of security theory and policy-making reveals a 1960s and 1970s revivification of reactionary prerogatives from decades past; and that concern about gender, moral, and sexual deviance, as well as about modernity itself, informed state ideology and repressive agendas.

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Subject
Latin American history;
Latin American Studies;
Gender studies
Classification
0336: Latin American history
0550: Latin American Studies
0733: Gender studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Anticommunism; Brazil; Brazil - history - 1964-1985; Doctrine; Military government; National security; Sexuality; Subversion
Title
The Secret History of Subversion: Sex, Modernity, and the Brazilian National Security State
Author
Cowan, Benjamin Arthur
Number of pages
448
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0031
Source
DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124505329
Advisor
Derby, Lauren
University/institution
University of California, Los Angeles
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3446806
ProQuest document ID
858221914
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/858221914
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