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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In Bahia new slums are created by an invasão ( invasion ) , in which squatters
identify a piece of unoccupied land and organize a quasi - military expedition ,
usually at night , in which the invaders erect from a dozen to as many as fifty
Although not really a champion of labor , he created a new Ministry of Labor out
of part of the former Ministry of Agriculture and was at least partly responsible for
the creation of labor unions he then used as political support . But he also made ...
Such programs made their presenters national celebrities ; launched the careers
of many musicians , actors , and comedians ; and created the first national idols
of popular song , such as Francisco Alves and Carmen Miranda . Stations ...
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