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Production of major public works in Brazil: From the scenes in documentaries from 1950-70 to an interrogation about the contemporary specificities of state-company relations


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
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Page(s): 1045-1052
Year: 2018
Abstract: A set of documentaries presents construction scenes of heavy infrastructure of six Major Public Works in Brazil between 1954–79. The unpublished collection was surveyed in the files of the Contractor Camargo Corrêa and produced by Jean Manzon, at the request of the national government that was in office when they were produced. They enunciate the institutional, financial and technical arrangements in the succeeding scenes of description of production processes at construction sites. The essay explores a different reading of the contemporary, based on an observation of scenes of these historical documents, under the prism of two categories of analysis: the Set-up and Re-setup of the standards of capital accumulation and the production of the space. The objective is, therefore, to give legibility to an analysis of the continuities and discontinuities in the historical movement from the “industrial urban complex” to the “financial real-estate complex”.

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