The Brazilians: Their Character and Aspirations by José Honório RodriguesThe Brazilians: Their Character and Aspirations by José Honório Rodrigues

The Brazilians: Their Character and Aspirations

byJosé Honório RodriguesTranslated byRalph Edward DimmickForeword byE. Bradford Burns

Paperback | April 6, 2011

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Brazil has long been a country in search of its own meaning and mission. Early in their history Brazilians began to puzzle over their surroundings and their relation to them. The eighteenth century produced an entire school of nativistic writers who, with the advent of independence, became fiery nationalists, still pursuing introspective studies of their homeland. Throughout the nineteenth century, the intellectuals of Brazil determined to define their nation, its character, and its aspirations.

In this now well-established tradition, José Honório Rodrigues confronts the questions of who and what the Brazilian is, what Brazil stands for, where it has been, and where it is going. This study, originally published in Portuguese as Aspirações nacionais, was especially timely at a period when strong feelings of nationalism led Brazilians to seek to define their own image, and when the revolution of rising expectations disposed them to determine what goals they were seeking and how far they were on the road to achieving them.

In order to understand and explain his nation, Rodrigues poses two questions: what are the national characteristics, and what are the national aspirations? Both questions are complex, but the reader will find well-reasoned answers, with a wealth of information on growth and development and abundant statistics to substantiate these answers.

José Honório Rodrigues (1913–1987) was a noted Brazilian scholar and historiographer. He served as a professor of higher education in the state of Guanabara and was a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras.
Title:The Brazilians: Their Character and AspirationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 6, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by E. Bradford Burns
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Political Psychology and the Brazilians
    • 1. National Characteristics
    • 2. National Aspirations and Political Parties
    • 3. Personalities and Power
  • Part I. National Characteristics
    • 4. National Characteristics
    • 5. Brazil as Seen by Foreigners
    • 6. General Traditions and Present-Day Characteristics
    • 7. Traditional Positive Characteristics
    • 8. Present-Day Positive Characteristics
    • 9. Traditional and Present-Day Negative Characteristics
    • 10. Conclusion
  • Part II: National Aspirations
    • 11. Introduction
    • 12. Independence and Sovereignty
    • 13. Territorial Integrity
    • 14. Effective Occupation of the Land
    • 15. National Unity
    • 16. National Equilibrium and Regionalism
    • 17. Communications and National Unity
    • 18. Psychosocial Integration
    • 19. Miscegnation and Racial Tolerance
    • 20. Acculturation and Nationalization of Immigrants
    • 21. Classes and Social Justice
    • 22. Representative Government and Harmonious Division of Powers
    • 23. Oligarchy and Democracy
    • 24. Centralization and Federation
    • 25. Economic Development and Well-Being
    • 26. Education
    • 27. Health
  • Part III: The Permanent and the Transitory: A Summing Up
    • 28. The Permanent and the Transitory: A Summing Up
  • Bibliography
  • Index