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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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RODRIGUES, Marcela Franzen. Race and crime on Nina Rodrigues work: A psychosocial history of racial studies in Brazil from the late nineteenth century. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp. 1118-1135. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article intends to review and analyze some works of Nina Rodrigues (1862-1906) what talk about physical and mental inferiority of black and mixed race people in Brazil, based mainly on the knowledge produced by Italian criminologists such as Lombroso, Garofalo and Ferri. Raimundo Nina Rodrigues was a medical from Maranhão, based in Bahia, which in the late nineteenth century was interested in the racial studies from the Forensic Medicine. He wrote several works in which he explains and analyzes what was considered irrefutable proof of the inferiority of the black race. So, Nina Rodrigues analyzed incidents of crime, madness, religious beliefs, always in search of clues that might prove his theories about racial inferiority. This paper analyzes these works a view to apprehend the motivations of the author as well as understand the scientific context of the time, trying to give some contribution to the field of history of psychology in Brazil.

Keywords : Nina Rodrigues; race; crime; forensic medicine; history of psychology.

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