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Towards Rethinking Brazil: A Thematic and Regional Approach

ISBN: 978-0-470-95810-0
August 2011, ©2011
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As Brazil enters a new age and becomes an increasingly important regional and global participant, geographer Alan P. Marcus provides important and updated insights in his new book on this multifaceted country. He draws from multi-disciplinary approaches to explain key inter-relationships between regional, historical, and sociocultural elements which have shaped, and shape Brazil. Divided into three parts (thematic, regional, and case studies), Marcus offers various strategies to help understand the intersections between the physical and human geographies of Brazil. With a total of eight chapters, recent photos, graphs, maps, data from the Brazilian Census 2010, and three case studies, this book will be of interest to university students and faculty who are interested in Brazil and/or Latin American studies. Broadly-speaking, this book will also interest any reader who is interested in Brazil – especially since the collection of updated information in this format is not currently available anywhere else in the English language.
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Preface 7

PART I THEMATIC FOCUS 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Historical Dimensions 25

Chapter 2 Immigration to Brazil 39

Veja teens 47

PART II REGIONAL FOCUS 49

Chapter 3 Regional Complexities 51

Chapter 4 Human Geographies 69

Chapter 5 Cultural Landscapes 81

Brazzil Orson Welles 97

PART III CASE STUDIES 99

Chapter 6 Theatre of Contestation in Brazilian Amazonia 101

Chapter 7 The Jeito and Gersons Law 111

Brazzil Caiçaras and Paulistas 123

Chapter 8 The Connections between Politics, Migration, Religion,

and Brazil’s Mineral Wealth in Goiás and Minas Gerais 125

Brazzil Northeasterners get no respect 143

BIBLIOGRAPHY 145

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Alan P. Marcus is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University, (Maryland, USA). His research on Brazilian transnational migration processes and Brazilian geography has been published in various U.S. and Brazilian academic journals and book-chapters.
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