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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2011 
Volume 9 
Issue 1-2

Trajectories of Perversion: From the Formation of the Modern Brazil to Its Reflections in the Global World

Isleide Fontenelle
Getulio Vargas Foudation, Sao Paolo

2011 9 (1-2) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

A theoretical perspective has been developed in Brazil, based on literary criticism and psychoanalysis, which proposes that there is a “perverse” subjectivity in Brazilians, in contrast to the classic European neurotics. Such subjectivity, forged throughout the 19th century, comes from the shaping of different social systems, as a function of the way in which Modernity was installed as a project. From literary pages to an academic interpretation of Brazil, this results in a country of contrasts, in which the “myth” of “cordial man”, which defines the Brazilian people as being generous and placid, is mixed with the harsh reality of its social inequality and violence. In the field of alterity, while internally such contrasts lead to a relationship that annuls the difference, the invisibility of the “other”, externally the relationship with foreigners is one of full acceptance that everything comes from outside, even in the field of ideas, the impacts of which are felt, for example, in Brazil’s business administration schools that are totally influenced by the American model. Starting with a reconstitution of the objective shaping of “perverse Brazil”, supported by both Brazilian and international works from the philosophic, psychoanalytical and literary fields, this article intends to show how, paradoxically, a contemporary reflection has been developing that points to the perversion of advanced modern societies, which leads to a questioning of why, despite such different cultural bases, these societies are also pointed out as being perverse nowadays. Although it is not intended to reach any definitive conclusions, this article starts from the hypothesis that this happened because local perverse features embraced universal enlightenment ideals that proved to be unsustainable with the globalization process of the modern capitalist project.

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Trajectories of Perversion: From the Formation of the Modern Brazil to Its Reflections in the Global World. (2011). Trajectories of Perversion: From the Formation of the Modern Brazil to Its Reflections in the Global World. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 9(1-2), 93-104. (Original work published 2011)

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“Trajectories Of Perversion: From The Formation Of The Modern Brazil To Its Reflections In The Global World”. 2011. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 9, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 93-104.

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“Trajectories Of Perversion: From The Formation Of The Modern Brazil To Its Reflections In The Global World”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 9, no. 1-2 (2011): 93-104.