Frames and narratives on Social Inequalities and Class Structure in Brazil


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Lopez Lecture ImageSpeaker: Felix Lopez, Researcher, Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research 

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program

Based on theories and concepts from the cultural sociology, I present the preliminary results of a work in progress to understand frames and repertoires the Brazilians resort to explain or justify social inequalities in the country. Additionally, I show how the different world views relates to perceived positions of the individuals in the social structure. The analysis is based on 630 interviews that covers the individuals’ narratives on their life course.

Felix Lopez major research interests and publications discusses political appointments in the Brazilian federal bureaucracy; how the Executive Branch defines and builds its public policies agenda; the local councilmen political representation strategies at the local-level politics; and the role of NGOs in the federal public policies. Lopez edited the books “Cargos de confiança no Presidencialismo de Coalizão Brasileiro” (2016) and “Perfil da Organizações da Sociedade Civil no Brasil” (2018) and coordinates the digital plataform on the Brazilian public service Atlas do Estado Brasileiro. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at DCRLAS where he conducts a research funded by Capes and Ipea about the Class structure and Class perceptions on Social Inequalities in Brazil.