This book maps how Brazil and the network of Portuguese-speaking countries--the "Lusosphere"--are using digital technologies in new ways to expand opportunities at all levels of society. From a diverse range of perspectives across the Portuguese-speaking world, contributors to this volume explore such questions as the capability of information technologies to encourage social inclusion in the face of economic inequality, the kinds of cultural values that may replace those of the scarcity-based industrial era, and the potential emergence of a virtual world order based on soft power, given the failures of hard power alternatives. This book explores how digital linkages between Brazil and physically-separated Portuguese-speaking communities are influencing the arts, creative industries, sports, learning, business, and cultural evolution for hundreds of millions of Portuguese-speaking people on five continents. At a time of escalating calls in Europe and North America to close borders and build walls, Brazil and the Emergence of a Digital Lusosphere charts alternatives that offer inspiration and practical paths toward a more inclusive world.
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About the Author
Valnora Leister teaches at James Madison University.
Table of Contents
1. Origins of the Lusosphere
2. The Portuguese Language in a Globalized World
José Gabriel Andrade
3. The Interplay of Sports and the Portuguese Language in the Digital World
4. UNILAB: Connecting the Lusosphere through Higher Education
Elcimar Simão Martins, Elisangela André da Silva Costa, Jacqueline Cunha da Serra Freire, and Sinara Mota Neves de Almeida
5. A Distance Learning Partnership in the Lusosphere: Cape Verde’s Experience
Florenço Mendes Varela
6. Brazil’s Digital Tools for Social Inclusion: A Resource for the Lusosphere?
7. Brazil and a Virtual Lusosphere in Global Cultural Evolution
Mark C. Frazier
8. Will the Lusosphere Lead the Way in the 21st Century?
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About the Contributors