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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It is a standard cliché that Latin America is a region of contrasts , and its largest
country seems to amplify that rather banal observation to a level of abundance
sufficient to make it a country of contradictions . Since it is such a big country and
The Brazilian Communist Party was one of only two communist Parties in Latin
America whose roots were not in socialism but in anarchism , another point which
was probably lost on the elites at the time . The third was an apparently apolitical
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Rodríguez Monegal , asst . Thomas Colchie . New York ... Race Mixture in the
History of Latin America . Boston : Little , Brown and Company , 1967 . Nowell ,
Charles E . A ...
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