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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
From the Back Cover
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,101,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For many years I struggled to understand my own people, their glories and tragedies. I tried history books, tried politics, social-studies and other non-fiction books. Roberto DaMatta was the only author to make sense of such a complex society to me. There are many 'Brazils' and DaMatta is clear about it; but he is also a master of breaking down these complexities, via the analysis of its rituals. DaMatta offers provoking insigths into the rituals of carnival, street gambling, soccer, african religions and more. He also ties these rituals together in a superb and dramatic fashion. What an exciting author DaMatta is.
I recommend this book to anyone *trully* interested in learning about Brazillians, especially to my fellow citizens that live in Brazil and struggle to make sense of so many paradoxes.
He calls the Carnival "a multidimensional festival", with meaning on a number of levels. He contrasts the Brazilian one with the New Orleans Mardi Gras in one very erudite chapter and points out that if we examine both closely, we see that they are almost opposite in meaning. In Brazil, he compares Carnival with a military parade on Independence Day and with the religious processions that occur frequently during each year. Location or social space, dress, behavior---everything is grist for the mill. He stresses many times that `inversion' is the most salient aspect of Carnival. He has chapters on hierarchy in Brazilian society and on those who slip through the cracks--rogues, who might be heroes in fact. Without a great knowledge of Brazilian society (though I have read a number of books on it, and avidly consumed Amado, Machado de Asis, da Cunha, and other Brazilian writers over the years), I cannot say if I agree or disagree with the author's analysis. It is impressive, but extremely hard going. I found the discussion of ritual very valuable. DaMatta tried and succeeded in writing a theoretical book to rival those of earlier masters. His location in Brazil and writing in Portuguese probably precludes him being widely-known. His style reminds one of many French social-theorists. Yes, I mean only the most determined reader will make it to the end of CARNIVALS, ROGUES, AND HEROES. That's the sole reason why I have awarded an otherwise good book only three stars.