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Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2012 Mar;19(1):157-79.

[Eating education and the making of strong, robust, productive workers: an analysis of scientific scholarship on nutrition in Brazil, 1934-1941].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Programa de Pós-graduação em Educação, Faculdade de Educação, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brasil.


In exploring the emergence of scientific scholarship on the field of eating and nutrition in Brazil, the article examines works produced and published from 1934 to 1941 that disseminated and sought to encourage application of the conceptual and methodological bases of rational eating. Employing theory on the social genesis of a field, the investigation reveals that intellectuals in the area relied on a standardized approach and modus operandi: the indication of interventionist practices in eating and nutritional education which targeted large numbers of people and were influenced by the era's social and educational ideas and by the notion of education as a tool for social redemption.

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