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Week 21: Brazil: Still the Country of the Future?

Lecture powerpoint

Seminar Questions

• Is the slogan “A Country for All” anything more than empty rhetoric?
• Are the social, political, and economic challenges faced by Brazilians and their governments in 2016 new or old?

What did the major urban regeneration process in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics in Rio tell us about Brazil's past and its present?

Seminar Reading and Video

  • Bryan McCann, The Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989. Introduction & Chapter 1, "The Rise of the Left"
  • Roberto DaMatta, “Is Brazil Hopelessly Corrupt?,” The Brazil Reader, pp. 295-7;
  • "Memorias do Cais do Valongo" (Memories of the Valongo Wharf), documentary with English subtitles, available on YouTube (28 mins).

Further reading:

  • Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (1993), “Introduction,” pp. 1-30 [on library scans page]

  • news reports on the major Brazilian riots of 2013, mass political protests around the 2016 impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and the “success” or failure of major sporting events (BBC Latin America section, The Economist and NACLA: Report on the Americas are all good starting-points)
  • Documentary on the “Passo Livre” movement in Salvador that paralysed the city for a week (over bus fares) in 2003: "A Revolta do Buzu", by Carlos Pronzato (in Portuguese; on YouTube)