Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
On-line version ISSN 1806-9053
TRUZZI, Oswaldo; KERBAUY, Maria Teresa Miceli and BARBOSA, Agnaldo de Souza. Change in ethnic boundaries and political participation of immigrant descendants in Sao Paulo. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.80, pp.135-151. ISSN 1806-9053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092012000300008.
This paper analyzes patterns of political mobility of a specific social stratum - immigrants and their descendants - in the western region of São Paulo, where coffee economy prevailed since the last quarter of the XIXth century. We investigate the main agents of local politics in seven cities: from the traditional oligarchic regime characteristic of the "Old Republic" to the processes of political transformation in the thirties that resulted in the post-war re-democratization, when a recomposition of local political elites takes place.
Keywords : Ethnic boundaries; Political elites; Local power; Immigration; Western São Paulo.