Power in the Village: Social Networks, Honor and Justice among Immigrant Families from Italy to Brazil

1st Edition

Maíra Ines Vendrame

May 7, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367025175 - CAT# K404829
Series: Microhistories

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Power in the Village explores the formation of Italian rural society in southern Brazil from the late nineteenth century through an examination of how Italian peasants in northern Italy and southern Brazil solved issues related to family honor.

Looking specifically at social networks and justice practices to examine the kind of rationality that ruled individual and family behaviors, the book offers an understanding of the restoration of social balance in these communities, and explores the culture of immigrants, particularly in issues related to honor and morality. Taking as a case study the ambush and murder of a parish priest, Antonio Sório, in January 1900 in Silveira Martins, a small town of Italian immigrants, Vendrame offers a reinterpretation of the society of Italian immigrants in southern Brazil. Rather than being an idyllic picture of an homogeneous and harmonious society, she argues that the colonial settlements were places pervaded by tension, solidarity and self-interest, which guided individual and collective behavior.

This book will be of great interest to scholars working in Italian history, Brazilian history, immigration history and the history of colonialism. It will also be of interest to scholars working on ethnographic and religious history, as well as to social anthropologists.

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