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Carnivals, Rogues, and Heroes: An Interpretation of the Brazilian Dilemma (Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development) Hardcover – Download: Adobe Reader, February 28, 1991

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“Anthropologists who work in Brazil have long recognized DaMatta’s provocative Carnavais, malandros e herois as a classic ethnography of Brazilian national culture. Its publication in English is a boon to those who study ritual and myth in urbanized, industrial societies and those who, against the postmodern grain, seek to describe national cultures.” ―American Anthropologist

In the past [four] decades Roberto DaMatta has established himself as one of Brazil’s foremost social scientists. [His book] is an intellectual tour de force which provides a much deeper understanding of the country. The book is essential reading for anyone truly interested in understanding Brazil and the Brazilians.” ―Luso-Brazilian Review

"Using the theoretical tools of structural anthropology, DaMatta reaches beyond conventional academic anthropology to create an original blend of folklore and a kind of higher cultural journalism. The result is like a traveler's account of the metaphorical landscape of the world of his own culture." -Terrence Turner, University of Chicago

"This is an important translation of DaMatta’s classic work on Brazilian culture ... weaving ritual life, politics, social hierarchy, folklore, and literature into a complex tapestry which amounts to an ethnography of Brazil. This is accomplished masterfully against a background of comparative sociology which includes extended examples from the United States and India" ―Journal of Ritual Studies

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Carnivals, Rogues, and heroes, by renowned Brazilian anthropologist Roberto DaMatta, offers a fresh, provocative, and multi-faceted interpretation of Brazil, a modern, complex, and often misunderstood nation that encompasses half of the continent of South America. Using the tools of comparative social anthropology, DaMatta seeks to understand his native country by examining the values, attitudes, and systems that shape the identity of Brazil. This leads him to probe the dilemma between the highly authoritarian, hierarchical aspects of Brazilian society and the concurrent desire for equality, democracy, and harmony in the same society. Addressing the question "who are we as a nation and a society?" DaMatta focuses on carnival as well as other rituals, exploring how nation and society function complementarily as two systems in opposition and conflict, thus presenting Brazilians with different ways of "reading" and interpreting their culture. DaMatta's fascinating exploration of Brazilian carnivals, rogues, and heroes not only leads to a new and deeper understanding of Brazil but also contributes to a modern appreciation of rituals, symbols, and dramatizations.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Notre Dame Press; First American Edition (February 28, 1991)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0268007802
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0268007805
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.34 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
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