Estudos Históricos (Rio de Janeiro)
Print version ISSN 0103-2186
GONCALVES JUNIOR, Oswaldo. Between cattle and goats: a historical view about mentalities and values in the Brazilian Northeastern backlands. Estud. hist. (Rio J.) [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.47, pp. 49-68. ISSN 0103-2186. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21862011000100003.
A culture of resistance in the semi-arid, expressed by mentalities and values, goes against the economic potential of sheep and goat raising, considered as an inferior activity when compared to the cattle raising, historically linked to social status and prestige. This paper attempts to shed light on aspects that make possible to clarify the roots of the cognitive apparatus that supports this view, resorting to it to the production of relevant authors dealing with the issue of displacement of colonizer and livestock in the hinterlands. Ultimately, it seeks evidence of the influence of the historical process of economic and social organization of space on the present.
Keywords : cattle raising; sheep and goat raising; Semi-arid; prestige; social status.