The Brazilian puzzle : culture on the borderlands of the Western World
- edited by David J. Hess and Roberto A. DaMatta.
- New York : Columbia University Press, c1995.
- Physical description
- vi, 306 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
|F2510 .B73 1995||Unknown|
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- The Brazilian Jeitinho : an exercise in national identity / Lívia Neves de H. Barbosa
- Swimming in cross-cultural currents / Conrad Kottak
- Small town, Brazil : heaven and hell of personalism / Rosane Prado
- Rituals, scandals, and sex crimes : attempted rape-murders across two generations / Maria Claudia Pereira Coelho
- Morality and transgression among Brazilian poor families : exploring ambiguities / Cynthia Sarti
- The celebration of our Lord of the Good End : changing state, church, and Afro-Brazilian relations in Bahia / Leni Silverstein
- Tupi or not Tupi MPB : popular music and identity in Brazil / Martha de Ulhôa Carvalho
- Hierarch, heterodoxy, and the construction of Brazilian religious therapies / David J. Hess
- The Brazilianization of Alcoholics Anonymous / Jeffrey Jarrad
- Bureaucratic rationality in Brazil and in the United States : criminal justice systems in comparative perspective / Roberto Kant de Lima
- For an anthropology of the Brazilian tradition ; or, "A virtude está no Meio" / Roberto DaMatta
- Afterword: The distorted mirror-- Brazil and the United States.
- Publisher's Summary
- How do Brazilians think about their own culture in comparison with those of North America and Western Europe? The Brazilian Puzzle provides a unique picture of everyday life in Brazil viewed from a comparative perspective. Brazilian scholars and Brazilianists explore a range of topics in everyday life in Brazil, including sports, music, voluntary associations, religion, political practices, race and gender, and poor neighborhoods. The authors show how Brazilian culture involves a complex negotiation in which the traditional values of hierarchy and personalism permeate even the most modern institutions. The Brazilian Puzzle is emblematic of the new era in Brazilian studies in which Brazilian scholars are leading the way. Many of the authors draw on the work of the Brazilian anthropologist Robert DaMatta, who has questioned the perspective of observers from developed Western countries. DaMatta argues that they often project their own categories onto Brazilian society, and instead he suggests that Latin Americans and other peoples develop their own theories rooted in their own unique experiences. In this way The Brazilian Puzzle contributes to the end of an era of Brazilianists and the decolonizing of area studies.
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