- Hardcover: 332 pages
- Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida; 1st edition (30 September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813017777
- ISBN-13: 978-0813017778
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
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The Brazilian People: The Formation and Meaning of Brazil Hardcover – 30 Sep 2000
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Offering a sweeping overview of the ethnic, racial, and social forces that shape Brazilian culture and society, the book presents no less than an aesthetic of the Brazilian people as a whole. While Ribeiro dwells on the paradox of Brazil as a country of immense potential hindered by racial and class prejudice, he also says it is "the most beautiful and luminous province on earth".
Elegantly translated by the acclaimed Gregory Rabassa, this work does justice to Ribeiro's original Portuguese text, with all its idiosyncrasies, intrinsic poetry, epic hyperbole, and departures from contemporary U.S. norms of political correctness. It will be of immense significance to all those interested in Latin American culture, anthropology, sociology, and history as well as in the theory of culture.
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In fact, Brazil's emphasis on its African heritage as a result of the slave trade history, all but ignores the first 100 years of Indigenous contact history.
Darcy Ribeiro's research addresses this concern. Brazilian People: The Formation and Meaning of Brazil describes the historical origins of the Brazilian people through the enslavement and genocide of the millions of Indigenous Americans over the course of a century and before the full development of the globalization of the African slave trade. Ironically, the systematic process of colonization via the fathering of children with Indigenous women by invading Europeans served to establish the first true Brazilians. For a nation that finds a good portion of its genetic and cultural heritage resulting from the Indians of Brasil,the author highlights with passion how poorly served the Indians are as a result of a patch-work of government policies that have relegated the surviving Indigenous populations to the interior regions on demarcated reserves, rendering them invisible.
Despite this legacy, which Ribeiro describes as "bith pangs" (p. 316), he views Brazil with a destiny of hope to break through the imposed "cultural silence" (Paulo Freire, 1973); and perhaps the having of voice will release the Indigenous of Brazil from their cloak on invisibility along with many of its other citizens.
The Book also presents how the history of Brazil has been marked by the cruel elimination of indigenous people as well as the africans and dismisses the view of Brazil as a peacefull country without great civil wars in its history.