The Mucker War

João Biehl

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
The Mucker War

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This chapter examines the forging of a German Kultur in Brazil during the late nineteenth century. It analyzes the role of a fratricidal war and the colonial German bourgeoisie's use of natural and medical sciences, institutionalized religion, and contemporary media to stigmatize and eventually eradicate a millennial cult popular among poor German immigrants called Mucker. The chapter argues that the making of the Mucker as “Other” and as “mad and bestial” was part of the larger Enlightenment project to transplant a rationalized scientific and enlightened German Self in the south of Brazil.

Keywords: German culture; Brazil; Mucker; fratricidal war; German migrants

Chapter.  12963 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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