Justification in Protest Publics: The Homeless Workers’ Movement in Brazil’s Crisis

  • Victor Albert
Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)


In the late 2000s, a number of analysts were optimistic about Brazil’s future. Their expectant analyses did not bear out, however, as a political and economic crisis developed just as Brazil was gearing up to host two mega-events, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. This paper has two aims. The first is to deepen our understanding of the crisis through examining one of the foremost social actors to emerge in this period: the Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento de Trabalhadores Sem-Teto, MTST). The second is to use this case to consider the potential for the sociology of critical capacity—a field of theory that emerged out of the Political and Moral Sociology Research Group in Paris in the 1980s—to contribute to theorising the ‘justification work’ of movements and protest publics.


Crisis in Brazil Pragmatic sociology Protest publics Homeless Workers’ Movement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Albert
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  1. 1.Public Policy Department, School of Political Science, Higher School of EconomicsNational Research UniversityMoscowRussia

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