This book presents Brasil as a country that is the ninth richest economy in the world - yet which is in terms of human development, one of the poorest. It provides an account of the historical and political background to Brazil where for 500 years the rich and the powerful have fought ruthlesly to defend the status quo, but where a growing popular movement is working for sustainable change. Much of this profile is told through the personal testimonies of Brazilians themselves. The author talked to people on the farms and on street corners, in rainforests and shanty towns, at football matches and carnival celebrations. The people talk about their lives and their hopes for the future in this diverse and contradictory nation. This book is one of a series of introductions to developing countries, focusing on the real lives of ordinary people and the major development issues that affect them.
Country briefs are usually full of useful statistics and not much else... This series is an exception. Its context is the issues that affect the poor, and, since the poor are the majority in developing countries, the overviews it offers are particularly relevant. New Scientist.Possibly the most valuable contribution made by Oxfam's flourishing Country Profiles series is to remind us of the diversities too often obscured by generalisation ... These Country Profiles would add flesh and blood to the austerities of development studies at A-level and beyond. Michael Storm, TES.
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