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Law-and-society-related academic activities in Brazil are expanding on the frontier between law and the social sciences, especially sociology, political science, and anthropology. These activities result from two factors: (1) the consolidation of the Brazilian democracy and (2) the exportation and importation of specialized knowledge from academic networks in developed countries, particularly the United States, to those in peripheral countries, amply analyzed by Yves Dezalay and Byrant Garth.

The more successful initiatives concern human rights. In the 1970s, when Brazil was under an authoritarian military regime, which routinely tortured political prisoners, the Ford Foundation decided to sponsor human rights activities and the social sciences. This spread those activities over several fields of knowledge all around the country. Soon, research on human rights included themes related to ...

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