Brazil by John P. Dickenson

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M. Kitromilides and M. L. Evriviades 29 Oman, Rev. , Frank A. Clements 30 Italy, Lucio Sponza and Diego Zancani 31 Finland, Rev. , J. E. O. Screen 32 Poland, Rev. , George Sanford and Adriana Gozdecka-Sanford 33 Tunisia, Allan M. Findlay, Anne M. Findlay and Richard I. Lawless 34 Scotland, Eric G. , Charles W. Hayford 36 Qatar, P. T. H. Unwin Page vi 37 Iceland, Rev. , Francis R. McBride 38 Nepal, John Whelpton 39 Haiti, Rev. , Frances Chambers 40 Sudan, Rev. , M. W. Daly 41 Vatican City State, Michael J.

London: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, 1995. 190p. Offers a very useful, up-to-date view of Brazil's attempts to create new economic and political structures after two decades of authoritarian government. The main focus of this academic study is on the period since 1990 and, for the social scientist and business person, the volume represents a good introduction to topical issues. It explores Brazil's position in the global and regional economies, provides detailed consideration of the social issues of land, the law, and education, and includes a commentary on the national election of 1994.

There are significant Indian and African components in the Portuguese language used in Brazil, as well as contributions to diet, and the use of hammocks and canoes, etc. The African contribution to religion is also important. Although over ninety per cent of the population is nominally Roman Catholic, Afro-Brazilian cults are significant. These are candomblé, a cult brought from West Africa and with African deities (orixas), and umbanda, which is a mixture of candomblé and spiritism, and where the gods involve figures from Africa, Catholicism, and Brazilian society.

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