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The Brazilian People By Darcy Ribeiro

The Brazilian People

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This English translation from the original Portuguese presents an aesthetic of the Brazilian people as a whole. The author, known for his work in Indian affairs and for his political activism, dwells on the paradox of Brazil as a country of immense potential hindered by racial and class prejudice.

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The Brazilian People: The Formation and Meaning of Brazil by Darcy Ribeiro

This is an English-language translation of the culmination of the life work of Darcy Ribeiro, one of Brazil's leading 20th-century intellectuals, known both for his work in Indian affairs and for his political activism. First published as ""O Povo Brasiliero"" in 1995, two years before Ribeiro's death, it quickly became a controversial bestseller. Offering a sweeping overview of the ethnic, racial and social forces that shape Brazilian culture and society, the text presents an aesthetic of the Brazilian people as a whole. While the author dwells on the paradox of Brazil as a country of immense potential hindered by racial and class prejudice, he also describes it as ""the most beautiful and luminous province on Earth"". Translated by Gregory Rabassa, this version does justice to the original Portuguese text, with all its idiosyncrasies, intrinsic poetry, epic hyperbole and departure from contemporary US norms of political correctness. It should be useful to all interested in Latin American culture, anthropology, sociology and history, as well as in the theory of culture.

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"[This] new book by Darcy Ribeiro . . . is the corollary of an effort that began long ago, untiring and coherent, destined to recognize the anonymous heroism of mulattos and caboclos . . . children of blacks and Indians, taken prematurely in the name of civilization . . . a rare existential vibration". -- translated from Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

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CIN000300863
The Brazilian People: The Formation and Meaning of Brazil by Darcy Ribeiro
Darcy Ribeiro
University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University Press of Florida
2000-09-30
376
0813017777
9780813017778
N/A
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