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dc.contributor.authorScarato, Luciane Cristina
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-01T16:30:27Z
dc.date.available2017-12-01T16:30:27Z
dc.date.issued2017-10-21
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/269859
dc.description.abstractLanguage, Identity, and Power in Colonial Brazil, 1695-1822 Luciane Cristina Scarato This dissertation investigates the diverse ways in which the Portuguese language expanded in Brazil, despite the multilingual landscape that predominated prior to and after the arrival of the Europeans and the African diaspora. It challenges the assumption that the predominance of Portuguese was a natural consequence and foregone conclusion of colonisation. This work argues that the expansion of Portuguese was a tumultuous process that mirrored the power relations and conflicts between Amerindian, European, African, and mestizo actors who shaped, standardised, and promoted the Portuguese language within and beyond state institutions. The expansion of Portuguese was as much a result of state intervention as it was of individual agency. Language was a mechanism of power that opened possibilities in a society where ethnic, religious, and economic criteria usually marginalised the vast majority of the population from the colonial system. Basic literacy skills allowed access to certain occupations in administration, trading, teaching, and priesthood that elevated people’s social standing. These possibilities created, in most social groups, the desire to emulate the elites and to appropriate the Portuguese language as part of their identity. This research situates the question of language, identity, and power within the theoretical framework of Atlantic history between 1695 and 1822. Atlantic history contributes to our understanding of the ways in which peoples, materials, institutions and ideas moved across Iberia, Africa and the Americas without overlooking the new contours that these elements assumed in the colony, as they moved in tandem, but also contested each other. Focusing on the mining district of Minas Gerais for its economic and social importance, this dissertation draws on multiple ecclesiastical and administrative sources to assess how ordinary people and authoritative figures daily interacted with one another to shape the Portuguese language.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rightsNo Creative Commons licence (All rights reserved)
dc.subjectLuso-Brazilian empire
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectCensorship
dc.subjectMultilingualism
dc.subjectHistory of the book
dc.subjectMaterial Culture
dc.subjectPortugal
dc.subjectPortuguese language
dc.subjectModern history
dc.subjectColonial Brazil
dc.subjectColonial Minas Gerais
dc.subjectIberian Atlantic world
dc.subjectSchooling
dc.subjectCultural Mobility
dc.subjectLanguage contact
dc.subjectLiteracy
dc.subjectMarquis of Pombal
dc.subjectLancaster method
dc.subjectVernaculars
dc.subjectAtlantic history
dc.titleLanguage, Identity, and Power in Colonial Brazil, 1695-1822
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentHistory
dc.date.updated2017-12-01T15:13:06Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.16757
dc.publisher.collegeNewnham
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in History
cam.supervisorRamos, Gabriela
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-12-01


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