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Goodbye, Brazil: Emigres from the Land of Soccer and Sambaby Maxine L. Margolis
Synopses & Reviews
Brazil, a country that has always received immigrants, only rarely saw its own citizens move abroad. Beginning in the late 1980s, however, thousands of Brazilians left for the United States, Japan, Portugal, Italy, and other nations, propelled by a series of intense economic crises. By 2009 an estimated three million Brazilians were living abroad—about 40 percent of them in the United States.
Goodbye, Brazil is the first book to provide a global perspective on Brazilian emigration. Drawing and synthesizing data from a host of sociological and anthropological studies, preeminent Brazilian immigration scholar Maxine L. Margolis surveys and analyzes this greatly expanded Brazilian diaspora, asking who these immigrants are, why they left home, how they traveled abroad, how the Brazilian government responded to their exodus, and how their host countries received them. Margolis shows how Brazilian immigrants, largely from the middle rungs of Brazilian society, have negotiated their ethnic identity abroad. She argues that Brazilian society abroad is characterized by the absence of well-developed, community-based institutions—with the exception of thriving, largely evangelical Brazilian churches.
Margolis looks to the future as well, asking what prospects at home and abroad await the new generation, children of Brazilian immigrants with little or no familiarity with their parents' country of origin. Do Brazilian immigrants develop such deep roots in their host societies that they hesitate to return home despite Brazil's recent economic boom—or have they become true transnationals, traveling between Brazil and their adopted lands but feeling not quite at home in either one?
These essays on Brazilian performance culture comprise the first English-language book to study the varied manifestations of performance in and beyond Brazil, from carnival and capoeira to gender acts, curatorial practice, and political protest.
A field-shaping anthology by top cultural critics and practitioners representing a wide range of disciplines and art forms, Performing Brazil is the first book to bring together studies of the many and varied manifestations of Brazilian performance in and beyond their country of origin. Arguing that diverse forms of performance are best understood when presented in tandem, it offers new takes on better-known forms, such as carnival and capoeira, as well as those studied less often, including gender acts, curatorial practice, political protest, and the performance of Brazil in the United States.
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About the Author
Maxine L. Margolis is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida and adjunct senior research scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City, True to Her Nature: Changing Advice to American Women, and An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The Boys (and Girls) from Brazil
2 Why They Go
3 Who They Are
4 How They Arrive
5 "Doing America": Big Cities and Small
6 Other Destinations: Europe and the United Kingdom
7 Other Destinations: Pacific Bound
8 Other Destinations: And for the Poor
9 Quintessential Emigrants: Valadarenses
10 Faith and Community: Ties That Bind?
11 What Does It Mean to Be Brazilian?
12 Here Today and Gone Tomorrow?
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