In this talk, Professor Barbara Weinstein will elaborate on the central arguments in her recently published book, The Color of Modernity. She examines the formation of regional identity in São Paulo from the 1920s through the 1950s, and the association of paulistinidade with whiteness. Unlike previous works, she contends that the rise of nationalism did not erase regionalist discourses, and she emphasizes the way in which regional chauvinism could "stand in" for racism, especially in the case of São Paulo, a state where so much of Brazil's economic wealth and population came to be concentrated.
Discussant: Pedro Meira Monteiro, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures; Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Barbara Weinstein is the Silver Professor of History at New York University. She is the coeditor of The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History, also published by Duke University Press, and the author of For Social Peace in Brazil: Industrialists and the Remaking of the Working Class in São Paulo, 1920-1964.