The samba, Rio, Carnival, Copacabana, and Jogo bonito– these are the images that come to mind when thinking of Brazil.
Significant Brazilians Source: Wikimedia Commons
With over 200 million people, Brazil is the 5th most populous country in the world. Brazil is a a multicultural, multiracial society that encompasses more than the typical images mentioned above. It faces its own political and socioeconomic challenges, which cannot be captured in the symbols of popular culture. These pages aim to describe some of the issues facing modern Brazil, and we hope this will inform the reader to the changes occurring as a result of the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. We give you a brief overview of Brazilian politics here. We next explore the 2013 protests, and examine the pervasiveness of corruption in Brazilian society. We then move on to the favelas, home to millions of people. We finally end on a more hopeful note, and look at the scientific strides that Brazilian researchers are making to solve the challenges that face both the nation and the world.
How to cite this page: “Brazil: More than Soccer, Samba, and Carnival,” Written By Jarrett Link, Lindsey Barrett, Vishnu Kadiyala and Basil Seif (2013), World Cup 2014, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, http://sites.duke.edu/wcwp/world-cup-2014/politics-in-brazil/ (accessed on (date)).