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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official language of seven countries and is an unofficial language in several
enclaves in China , India , and North America . Portuguese was declared a “
critical language ” by the U . S . Department of Education in 1958 , meaning that it
It is , then , very much like American English , a language which relishes new
inventions but is also lexically so porous ... it has also borrowed numerous items
from the European languages , especially Spanish , English , French , and Italian
A similar situation obtained in Peru , with Quechua as an imperialistic language .
Dominance and instruction are easily carried out when there is an imperialistic
language already in place , but the Portuguese faced a much different situation .
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