Dados vol. 30 n. 2 Rio de Janeiro 1987

Cidade, República, Mineiridade

Bomeny, Helena Bousquet


This article considers the question of mineiridade, i.e. the construction of the collective identity of a specific group: those who dwell in the Minas Gerais region. The particularity of this article lies in its connection of the construction of mineiridade with two historical phenomena which favoreci and stimulated the discussion of collective identities: the establishment of the Republic and the construction of Belo Horizonte as the capital and political and intellectual center of Minas Gerais state. The mineiridade discourse is perceived here as the reaction of a specific intellectual group to the dual identity crisis it was experiecing: its own identity as an intellectual group and the identity of a city in emergence as a capital and a political and intellectual center, which lacked, however, an internal tradition and references. The end of the last century and the first two decades of the current one constitute the universe for reflection proposed in the article.

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