Cultureshock! Brazil

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Overview

Whether you're conducting business, traveling for pleasure, or even relocating abroad, one mistake with customs or etiquette can leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth. International travelers, now more than ever, are not just individuals from the United States, but ambassadors and impression makers for the country as a whole. Newly updated, redesigned, and resized for maximum shelf appeal for travelers of all ages, Culture Shock! country and city guides make up the most complete reference series for customs and etiquette you can find. These are not just travel guides; they are guides for a way of life.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     vi
Introduction     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Dedication     xi
Map of Brazil     xii
First Impressions     1
Brazil at First Sight     2
About the Land     4
About the People     5
A Look at Brazil     7
Geography     8
The Natural Environment     12
Climate     16
Time Zones     18
Population     19
Urbanisation     20
The Past and the Present     20
Government and Political System     34
The Economy     36
A Colourful Blend of Faiths     40
Catholicism     41
Protestant and Evangelical Churches     46
Syncretism     46
Candomble     47
Kardecism (Spiritism)     50
Umbanda     50
Witchtraft     51
Shamanism     51
Other Religious Movements     52
The Brazilians     56
A Melting Pot of Races     57
The Brazilian Soul     62
Brazilian Realities     64
UrbanChaos     73
Human Rights     77
The Woman's World     79
Socialising     82
Family Life     83
Friendship     89
Love and Sexuality     89
Gays and Lesbians     90
National Passions     91
Socialising with Brazilians     94
A Hospitable People     97
Opinions     102
Attitudes     105
Arriving and Settling Down     112
Entry Requirements     113
What to Bring to Brazil     116
Documentation and Other Formalities     117
Finding a Home     118
Utilities in Your Home     121
Where to Live     123
Experiencing Culture Shock     126
Everyday Life     133
Driving in Brazil     137
Law Enforcement     140
Shopping     143
Postal Service     148
Public Transportation     149
Telecommunications     152
Education in Brazil     156
Staying Healthy     157
Food and Entertaining     168
Enjoying Brazilian Food     169
Etiquette at the Table     171
Regional Cooking     173
Snack Foods     177
Beverages     179
Enjoying Brazil     184
Recreation     185
Nightlife     190
Celebrations and Festivals     195
Calendar of Festivals and Holidays     200
Arts and Culture     202
Folk Art Traditions     207
Literature     212
Theatre     215
Brazilian Cinema     216
The Visual Arts     219
Architecture     222
The Media     225
The Communication Challenge     229
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese     230
Pronunciation     232
Stress     237
Grammar Overview     237
Showing Affection: The Diminutive     242
Gestures and Signs     243
Work and Business     247
The Business Climate     248
Business Etiquette and Style     252
Getting Things Done     257
Working in Brazil     258
Fast Facts About Brazil     261
Famous People     266
Acronyms      268
Culture Quiz     269
Do's and Don'ts     274
Glossary     277
Resource Guide     294
Further Reading     308
About the Author     320
Index     321
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