Senhora de bens: famílias, negócios e patrimônios administrados por mulheres no sertão dos Guayazes – 1760- 1840

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


The thesis that’s presented aims to revive women's groups seeking prestige, enrichment and power in Goiás, along the eighteenth century. We look at the sources the circumstances indicating the possibility of some form of consensual relationship to achieve the stories of their members, not only the relations in which concubinage actually happened. With this criterion, our eyes were directed to cases of widowhood, failure of marriage and singleness. This allowed us a more critical approach about what is reported by the women in the sources, because provided us relativize the importance of marriage in this society, and also highlight the scenarios of autonomy, construction and affirmation of their identities and powers and also their strategies sociability. Situations of "possible families" allowed to discover a group of power, with the presence of autonomous and capable women, who wished for social distinction, honor preservation, enrichment and increase their wealth, characterizing an peculiar nobility from Goiás, the alluvium nobility, which means a apparent wealth, surface such as gravel, sand, silt, and organic and inorganic materials left by the waters. In Goiás, during the eighteenth century, to enter into this category of nobility constituted in desire of men and women who, through their occupations and social relationships, accumulating richness, expanding their wealth and uppers, differing from most of his countrymen, because of the acquisition of honorifics or social power and influence that comes from the enrichment. This means that the in the mines from Goiás, we see the trajectory of several people who lived in this search, the desire to enrich themselves in a context of conquest, characterized by hostile realities, often marked by power struggles and violence.



PEREIRA, G. S. Senhora de bens: famílias, negócios e patrimônios administrados por mulheres no sertão dos Guayazes – 1760- 1840. 2013. 139 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em História) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2013.