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Understanding Contemporary Brazil

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-17595-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03933-9, 978-1-138-03932-2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Dec 2018

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Brazil has famously been called a country of contradictions. A place where narratives
of “racial democracy” exist in the face of stark inequalities, and where the natural
environment is celebrated as a point of national pride, but at the same time is
exploited at alarming rates. To people on the outside looking in, these contradictions
seem hard to explain. Understanding Contemporary Brazil tackles these
problems head-on, providing the perfect critical introduction to Brazil’s ongoing
social, political, economic, and cultural complexities. Key topics include:

• National identity and political structure.
• Economic development, environmental contexts, and social policy.
• Urban issues and public security.
• Debates over culture, race, gender, and spirituality.
• Social inequality, protest, and social movements.
• Foreign diplomacy and international engagement.

By considering more broadly the historical, political economic, and socio-cultural
roots of Brazil’s internal dynamics, this interdisciplinary book equips readers with the
contextual understanding and critical insight necessary to explore this fascinating
country. Written by renowned authors at one of the world’s most important centers for the study of Brazil, Understanding Contemporary Brazil is ideal for
university students and researchers, yet also accessible to any reader looking to learn
more about one of the world’s largest and most significant countries.

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