Developmental Anthropophagy: Brazil’s Regional and Global Search for National Development in the Postwar Era
By focusing on Brazil’s engagement with both the developmentalist agenda posed by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) and the emerging debates on decolonization taking placed across the globe, particularly among recently emancipated Asian and African countries, this paper examines the relationship between regional and international rising paradigms on development with the policies formulated and implemented in Brazil during the 1950s. The main argument is that the country’s so-called ‘developmentalist decade’ saw the emergence of a new kind of indirect yet mutually reinforcing interactions between the political projects and ideational propositions unfolding in domestic and global arenas, which ultimately forced both leaders and intellectuals to rethink the meanings and goals of nationalism in a new rapidly-changing context.
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