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 came in the person of Getúlio Vargas , one of the unlikeliest strongmen in the
history of Latin America . Vargas was an exception to the model because there
have been so many Latin American dictators whose regimes were characterized
Not all of these things took place merely because Vargas wanted them , however
, and it is good to remember that he was also an authoritarian who censored the
media and left as part of his legacy a secret police force not unlike that of ...
Dutra , once a Vargas supporter , was elected . Vargas himself was elected
senator in two states and congressman in six . The 1945 election was the most
open election to date in modern Brazilian history . Not only were previously
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