Faculty Book: Mauricio Font
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Edited and Introduced by Mauricio Font
Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation
Rowman and Littlefield, 2001; 334 pp.)
This new book by the president of Brazil—a scholar long recognized as among the most influential of Latin American—is the first to incorporate writings from his tenure in the executive office. Cardoso's third book in English spans from his earlier theoretical writings to his pragmatic agenda for 21st-century Brazil. It traces the development of one of the world's leading intellectuals, the first sociologist to become president of a large country, as he considers subjects such as the liberalization of the economy in a globalized world system, "radicalizing" democracy, his own concept of "dependency theory," and his musings on the art of politics. The introductory essay, "To Craft a New Era," by Mauricio A. Font, provides an overview Cardoso's work, considering the nature of democracy and reform in Brazil and the problem of finding a "utopia" in a liberalized world market. Font is professor of sociology at Queens College and The Graduate Center, and Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies.
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Submitted on: MAY 28, 2001