By Harvey G. Summ
This option of excerpts and essays delineates Brazilian tradition as exemplified by way of its humans. items that supply a normal evaluate of Brazilian peoples are by means of 4 chronological sections, each one of that's preceded through a old caricature of the interval below exam.
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Moreover, not every Brazilian shares all or even any of the characteristics described; many have traits at odds with these generalizations. Nevertheless, when we look beyond their prejudices of place, race, and religion, these observers can provide useful clues, insights, and explanations for the behavior of Brazilians. " The joy and satisfaction derived from the warmth and friendliness of interpersonal contact, from getting up close to each other when speaking, from playing the "let's-be-friends" game are important to Brazilians (Selection 33), and they value congeniality highly"a smile wins, a frown loses" (Selection 28).
Freyre, who was educated in the United States and specialized in race relations, may overemphasize the racial and cultural adaptability of the Portuguese in the tropics. Francisco José de Oliveira Vianna's main contribution is his analysis of the historical origin of Brazil's lack of social solidarity. " Clodomiro Vianna Moog believes that the Brazilian's "dislike for useful work" is at the root of the country's underdevelopment. Roberto da Matta, whose comments included in this volume are mainly on the hierarchy, is now an academic in the United States, where he continues to interpret many aspects of his countrymen's contemporary behavior.
This Universal Love of Trade Alfred Russel Wallace 67 15. Lighthearted, Quick-Witted, Communicative, and Hospitable Henry Walter Bates 70 Page viii 16. The Education of Men and Women Louis and Elizabeth Agassiz 72 17. The Evils of Slavery Herbert H. Smith 76 IV. The Republic (1889-1964): Movement toward Modernization 81 18. New World in the Tropics Gilberto Freyre 85 19. The "Whitening" Ideal Thomas E. Skidmore 92 20. The Man of the Backlands Euclides da Cunha 95 21. A Mutual Accommodation from Highest to Humblest Rudyard Kipling 97 22.