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Carnivals, Rogues, and Heroes: An Interpretation of the Brazilian Dilemma / Edition 1

Carnivals, Rogues, and Heroes: An Interpretation of the Brazilian Dilemma / Edition 1

by Roberto DaMatta, John Drury
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Encompassing half the continent of South America, Brazil is one of the most modern, complex, and misunderstood nations. Renowned Brazilian anthropologist Roberto DaMatta takes the misconceptions and offers a fresh, provocative interpretation of the complexity of social structure in Brazil. Using the tools of comparative social anthropology, DaMatta seeks to understand his native country by examining the values, attitudes, and systems that shape the identity of Brazil and its people. He probes the dilemma between the highly authoritarian, hierarchical aspects of Brazilian society and the concurrent desire for equality, democracy, and harmony in that same society. DaMatta leads us on a fascinating exploration into the the world of Brazilian carnivals, rogues, and heroes, and in so doing uncovers a deeper meaning of the rituals, symbols, and dramatizations unique to Brazil and its multifaceted society.

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ISBN-13: 9780268007942
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 02/28/1991
Series: Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Roberto DaMatta is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and is presently teaching at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

John Drury is a freelance translator.

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