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Evaristo de Moraes Filho and the coming of age of Brazilian workers

While recalling the 50 years since the publication of "The Single Union Issue in Brazil. Its Sociological Foundations" (1952), by Evaristo de Moraes Filho, the article takes up its reading again, stressing that the author, unlikely his counterparts, rejects the hypothesis of a theory of Brazilian incapacity, endowing workers with majority to fight for their rights. For the purpose of bringing into evidence the important role of workmen's struggles in the making up of labor laws, Evaristo de Moraes Filho makes use of sociological tools in opposition both to jurists' normative-doctrinaire concepts and to theories supporting lack of solidarity, as formulated by Brazilian political scientists. The position of sociologists and jurists about the positiveness of union associations is a result of the theoretical and conceptual framing used, which excludes backwardness and underdevelopment notions.

Modernity and association through interest; Sociology and the law; Lack of solidarity; National character

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