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"Engaging, highly personal introduction to contemporary Brazilian society by a leading US historian adopts a bottom-up perspective, emphasizing frustrations of popular aspirations to dignity and justice. Essays on various topics - race, mobility, marginal 'outsiders' (includes women), informal political culture and corruption, coping strategies of the poor, and popular culture. Draws on a rich array of scholarly perspectives, personal anecdotes, and newspaper clippings"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
|Map: Brazilian cities with a population of more than 1 million|
|1||The Legacy of Color||7|
|4||The Brazilian Way||80|
|5||Tools for Survival||111|
|6||Diversions and Assertive Behavior||145|
|8||Toward a New Civil Society||185|