Provides a unique picture of everyday life in Brazil viewed from a comparative perspective. Brazilian scholars and Brazilianists explore a range of topics, including sports, music, voluntary associations, religion, police practices, race and gender, and poor neighborhoods.
The "Brazilian puzzle" refers to the mixture of Western and non- Western cultures, as well as the modern and the traditional, that have coexisted in Brazil for centuries. This collection's 11 essays consider various aspects of Brazilian culture, including social relations; race, class and gender in a changing society; ideologies and cultures on an international stage; and Brazilian society as a macrostructure in comparative perspective. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)