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May 1989
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The Manipulation of Consent
The State and Working-Class Consciousness in Brazil
Cohen, Youssef
Youssef Cohen examines the methods elites used to legitimatize their subjugation of subordinates in his case study of Brazil. He successfully blends theoretical exposition, conceptually informed historical analysis, and a wealth of empirical data.

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Youssef Cohen is associate professor of Political Science at New York University.
“An outstanding book.”—Journal of Politics

“This very interesting analysis of state exercise of power is based on the case study of Brazil’s exercise of control over its working class.”----Council Spotlight Booknotes, vol. 43, no. 4, April 1990

“[T]his excellent volume analyzes the 1964 coup that swept Brazilian President Goulart’s democratic regime into exile and brought into power what became a vicious military dictatorship.”----R. E. Will, Choice, January 1990

A fascinating analysis of some crucial periods in recent Brazilian history.”—James M. Malloy

“This is the 'must book' for scholars and teachers interested in power and the state.”—Peter Bachrach

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The Manipulation of Consent is a major contribution to our knowledge of the mechanisms by which elites instill in the lower classes the beliefs, values, and attitudes that legitimatize their subordinate position in the social order. Youssef Cohen explores the case of Brazil, where the working class was relatively quiescent in the face of the authoritarian regime established by force in 1964. Drawing on recent advances in the theory of the state and the study of power relations, as well as on modern methods of social inquiry, he reveals the techniques of ideological control in the concrete setting of modern Brazilian society. The result is an unusually illuminating case study that blends theoretical exposition, conceptually informed historical analysis, and a wealth of empirical data. The Manipulation of Consent makes a substantial addition to the understanding of Brazilian politics, the study of power relations, and the theory of the state.


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