Culture and Customs of Brazil
Race, religion, language, culture, and national character are full of contradictions. Brazil, the largest country in South America, embodies so much paradox that it defies neat description. This book will help students and general readers dispel stereotypes of Brazil and begin to understand what country's bigness means in terms of its land, people, history, society, and cultural expressions.
This is the only authoritative yet accessible volume on Brazil that surveys a wide range of important topics, from geography, to social customs, art, architecture, and more. Highlights include discussions of the fluid definitions of race, rituals of candomble, the importance of extended family networks, beach culture, and soccer madness. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.
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Portuguese was declared a “ critical language ” by the U . S . Department of
Education in 1958 , meaning that it was among the six languages singled out by
the U . S . government as a language of political , economic , or cultural
did manage to reject at least one feature they thought of as an imperialistic relic
— the rather rigid system the Portuguese had imported regarding given and
family names . Even in modern Portugal there has existed an extremely inflexible
Finally , if a linguist were to juxtapose the two major dialects of Portuguese , the
European and the Brazilian , several interesting contrasts emerge , and they all
point in the direction of a hypothesis for Brazilian Portuguese as a creolized ...
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