Carnivals, Rogues, and Heroes
An Interpretation of the Brazilian Dilemma
296 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268007942 | February 1991
eBook (PDF) | 9780268063047 | February 1991
Hardcover | 9780268007805 | February 1991
Encompassing half the continent of South America, Brazil is one of the most modern, complex, and misunderstood nations. Renowned Brazilian anthropologist Roberto DaMatta takes the misconceptions and offers a fresh, provocative interpretation of the complexity of social structure in Brazil. 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 and its people. He probes the dilemma between the highly authoritarian, hierarchical aspects of Brazilian society and the concurrent desire for equality, democracy, and harmony in that same society. DaMatta leads us on a fascinating exploration into the the world of Brazilian carnivals, rogues, and heroes, and in so doing uncovers a deeper meaning of the rituals, symbols, and dramatizations unique to Brazil and its multifaceted society.
Robert DaMatta is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and is presently teaching at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Elena Soarez is a scriptwriter.
John Drury is a freelance translator.
“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