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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Environmental Concerns In Contemporary Brazil: An Insight Into Some Theoretical And Societal Backgrounds (1970s-1990s)
Author: Da Costa Ferreira L.
Tavolaro S.B.F.
Abstract: This article intends to unveil some of the main theoretical backgrounds and current tendencies of environmental sociology in Brazil. But we are mainly interested in providing a historical reconstruction of the societal internalization of environmental concerns in Brazil, on both state and civic levels, with an emphasis on the transformations that took place over the 1970-1990s period. We argue that environmental civil associations do not find either a legal idiom or public forums by means of which they could turn their demands and moral concerns into a binding juridical code. This is so because, on the one hand, their moral concerns, even when based on de-traditionalized and abstract principles, are not paralleled with an autonomous legal framework, strong enough to set limits to the functioning of both the political- administrative apparatus as well as to economic actors. As we contend, this helps to explain why the environmental legislation in Brazil is rhetorically manipulated on a regular basis-and, hence, set aside whenever it contradicts other priorities. On the other hand, environmental concerns have always met with difficulties to become a priority in the Brazilian polity. Ultimately, our main goal is to carry out a critical consideration of the theoretical links that are widely set in the field of sociological theory between environmental concerns and modernity. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s10767-008-9021-0
Date Issue: 2008
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