Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity by Joel Wolfe

By Joel Wolfe

Automobiles and development reinterprets twentieth-century Brazilian background via autos, utilizing them as a window for realizing the nation's fight for modernity within the face of its vast geographical measurement, susceptible vital govt, and dependence on agricultural exports. one of the issues Wolfe touches upon are the 1st activities vehicles and elite consumerism; intellectuals' embody of automobiles because the key for transformation and unification of Brazil; Henry Ford's construction of a firm city within the Brazilian jungle; the production of a transportation infrastructure; democratization and purchaser tradition; vehicle employees and their construction of a countrywide political get together; and the commercial and environmental effect of vehicles on Brazil. This concentrate on Brazilians' fascination with cars and their reliance on automobile construction and intake as keys to their fiscal and social transformation, explains how Brazil--which enshrined its trust in technological know-how and know-how in its nationwide slogan of Order and Progress--has differentiated itself from different Latin American countries. vehicles and growth engages key matters in Brazil round the which means and position of race in society and in addition addresses a number of vintage debates in Brazilian reviews concerning the nature of Brazil's nice dimension and variety and the way they formed state-making.

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S. made automobiles. S. government and business analyses of the Brazilian 38 autos and progress market noted that the highly skewed distribution of income limited future growth, as did the weak road system. S. 22 One sign of the growing importance of automobiles in Brazil was the frequent counting of cars and the many comparisons of the nation’s per capita auto ownership with that of other Latin American countries. 24 This was more than simply a product of wishful thinking. 25 The distribution of autos throughout Brazil mirrored popular views about differences among the nation’s various regions.

The publication of car magazines such as Auto-Propulsão, Auto-Sport, and the Revista de Autómoveis represented the growing fascination with autos among Brazil’s literate, urban population. People who might not be able to afford a car could at least read about auto culture in Europe, the United States, and Brazil in these new publications. Each issue reported on developments in automotive technology and on races and raids, and all were filled with shiny photographs of cars and advertisements for the latest vehicles imported from Europe and the United States.

The second was made up of literary journals that blended a fascination with autos and other new technologies with new styles of expression. The most famous of these was Fon-Fon! whose name was supposed to evoke the sound of a car horn. Another was the aptly named Klaxon. The publication of car magazines such as Auto-Propulsão, Auto-Sport, and the Revista de Autómoveis represented the growing fascination with autos among Brazil’s literate, urban population. People who might not be able to afford a car could at least read about auto culture in Europe, the United States, and Brazil in these new publications.

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