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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SOCIAL. CLASS. The pervasiveness of racial and ethnic prejudice in Brazil has
produced a society in which the upper classes are the whitest ... But neither is it
an open system like that of the United States , in which social mobility is the norm
Social life in extended family groups provides both benefits and obligations . On
the benefit side there is never a need to worry about having something to do .
Every weekend and holiday , members gather together for at least food and drink
Leaving home for work and school each day requires girding up for battle and
carrying as a defense the status and identity of the extended family . Finally ,
social relations govern attitudes toward time . Brazilians recognize that
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