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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 0102-6909.

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.

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