Culture and Customs of Brazil

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 195 pages

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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Contents

Geography
1
Race Ethnicity and Class
17
Language
27
History
35
Religion
71
Social Customs
81
Print Media and Broadcasting
95
Cinema
117
Literature
131
Art and Architecture
165
Glossary
179
Bibliography
181
Index
185
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JON S. VINCENT was a Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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