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Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology

versão On-line ISSN 1809-4341

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GUEDES, André Dumans. Fevers, movements, passions and dead cities in northern Goiás. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2014, vol.11, n.1, pp.56-95. ISSN 1809-4341.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1809-43412014000100003.

In this paper I show how people living in a small town in the Brazilian state of Goiás describe the "economic" processes that have been shaping and transforming their lives over recent decades: the gold fever in the 1980"s, the construction of three large hydroelectric plants and the complex relation between this city and the mining company that "created" it. In so doing, I focus on the ideas of movement, passion and fever, looking to demonstrate how such categories relate these processes to other experiences and domains. In pursuing this aim, I also look to establish a counterpoint to the ways through which issues such as the social effects of large development projects or the modernization of "traditional" areas have usually been described in the social sciences.

Palavras-chave : popular economies; development; movements; economic fever; dams; gold mining.

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