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CARDOSO, Adalberto. Slavery and capitalist sociality: an essay on social inertia.Translated byDavid Allan Rodgers. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0101-3300.

Based on historiographical studies that since 1980’s have undertaken a broad review of the social history of labor in Brazil, the article presents some sociological hypotheses about the permanence of structural features of slavery past in the process of building of the capitalist sociality in the country. This legacy includes a depreciated perception of manual work, a derogatory image of black and even national people as workers, an indifference of the elites toward poor majorities, and an extremely rigid social hierarchy. According to the author, this framework of structural inertia provided the general parameters of free labor’s reproduction in the beginning of capitalist order in Brazil.

Keywords : Brazil; social history of labor; slavery; free labor; capitalism.

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