Dados vol. 35 n. 2 Rio de Janeiro 1992

Francisco Campos: O Caminho de uma Definição Ideológica (Anos 20 e 30)

Moraes, Maria Célia Marcondes de


Francisco Campos' discourse during the 1920s and 1930s reveals a tension between an unequivocal conservatism - expressed in Campos' ongoing defense of the established order and interests and of acquired rights - and his proposals for institutional modernization, aimed at building a modern, anti-liberal nation-state in Brazil. The article seeks to ascertain how, in this tension between conservation and modernization, Campos' thought developed ever more distinct ideological boundaries during his participation in the events of 1930, which culminated in the 1937 coup d'État. Placing priority on the ideology of an author and politician like Francisco Campos does not imply a disregard for the complexity of the total object of which his ideology was part. Given the method adopted in this text, an understanding of the whole of the historical process from which Campos' thinking emerged and evolved is essential to an understanding of the ideological product itself, since the origin and development of the latter is not immanent to the ideological realm proper. This product must be approached in its entirety and thus referred to the social interests and relations making up its historical origins.

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