Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil

TitleSecuring Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCowan, Benjamin A.
Number of Pages338
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
CityChapel Hill, United States
Abstract

In this history of right-wing politics in Brazil during the Cold War, Benjamin Cowan puts the spotlight on the Cold Warriors themselves. Drawing on little-tapped archival records, he shows that by midcentury, conservatives--individuals and organizations, civilian as well as military--were firmly situated in a transnational network of right-wing cultural activists. They subsequently joined the powerful hardline constituency supporting Brazil's brutal military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There, they lent their weight to a dictatorship that, Cowan argues, operationalized a moral panic that conflated communist subversion with manifestations of modernity, coalescing around the crucial nodes of gender and sexuality, particularly in relation to youth, women, and the mass media.

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