“Popular Culture” in a Changing Brazil

Authored by: Edson Farias , Bianca Freire-Medeiros

The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415641470
eBook ISBN: 9780203081846
Adobe ISBN: 9781136175961

10.4324/9780203081846.ch46

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Abstract

Throughout the last century, the idea of popular culture in Brazil was intertwined with matters affecting the nation and national identity – symbols and practices that in combination became representative emblems of the essence of the country. However, there is a structural ambiguity that pervades and constitutes the idea of popular culture among us. At the same time, popular culture can undeniably be equated with the nation, since the weaknesses and social disruptions that have beset Brazilian history are constantly being examined and debated. These include colonialism, slavery, imperialism, backwardness/underdevelopment, social inequality and ethnic/racial exclusion.

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