Journal Article

Memories of 'Little Moscow' (1943-64): Study of a Public Housing Experiment for Industrial Workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wilma Mangabeira
Social History
Vol. 17, No. 2 (May, 1992), pp. 271-287
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
https://www.jstor.org/stable/4286019
Page Count: 17
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Memories of 'Little Moscow' (1943-64): Study of a Public Housing Experiment for Industrial Workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Abstract

This is a study of a working-class community called 'Little Moscow' located in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil between 1943 and 1964, which gained its name as a result of left-wing militancy among the tenants of what was a public housing estate. An attempt is made to explain the co-existence within such a housing estate of two apparently contradictory realities -- the conservative 'social engineering' of a state-funded project and the community's links with the Brazilian Communist party. The issue raised concerns the relationship between the working class and the dominant classes from a Third World and Latin American perspective. It is suggested that the constitution of working-class culture and politics should be seen as the result of a complex dynamic, of workers' resistance as well as acceptance of dominant class projects, rather than a complete separation from other social groups.