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Title: Middle-class Rebellions? Precarious Employment and Social Movements in Portugal and Brazil (2011-2013)
Authors: Estanque, Elísio 
Keywords: Middle class; Social protest; Social inequality; Social movements; Precarization of labor
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: RCCS Annual Review
Issue: 7
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: This text centers on the demonstrations and protest movements that have emerged over the past three years, with a particular focus on Portugal and Brazil. The main argument is based on the hypothesis that they involve social dynamics and tensions that reflect a middle class drive in which youth and precarious employment play a key role. It presents data and empirical evidence on inequality in Portugal in order to reveal the nature of the main movements as protests mobilized against the suppression of rights and the undermining of working conditions. The situation in Brazil is examined in the light of the recomposition of working class conditions, taking into account the constraints and uncertainties of the Brazilian model of development. It also analyzes the social composition of the protesters, on the basis of street surveys carried out during this period.
ISSN: 1647-3175
Other Identifiers: 10.4000/rccsar.592
DOI: 10.4000/rccsar.592
Rights: openAccess
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