Category: Citizenship

Becoming Brazuca? A Tale of Two Teens

Prior to arriving in the boston area almost five years ago, I had heard anecdotally that a significant Brazilian immigrant population had been arriving en masse to the region since…

Using Dance to Set and Achieve Goals in a Favela

Less than three weeks into my year-long fellowship in Brazil, I wrote in my journal one morning: “The violence is intimidating and saddening… it’s quite debilitating and last night it led to a feeling…

Understanding the São Paulo Attacks

In May 2006, a group known as the First Command of the Capital (the Primeiro Comando da Capital, or PCC from its initials in Portuguese) launched an organized campaign of revolts in…

Reflecting on Viva Rio

Gente que faz a paz is a project that takes individuals from all sectors—students, janitors, community leaders, and church members—and teaches them that peace can be taught and…

Equity and Public Action

In his classical text on citizenship in the era of the welfare state and the coming together in the 1950s of the three strands of civil, political and social rights, British sociologist T.H. Marshall…

Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Brazilian same-sex couples have achieved a considerable degree of legal protection in the last twenty years, a consequence of several judicial decisions extending to same-sex couples the…

“Deus é a Onda”

Nearly three-quarters of Brazilians identify as Roman Catholic, and many perceive their country to be world’s most Catholic—witness the 2003 film Deus é Brasileiro (“God Is Brazilian”)…

The Black Movement

This summer I traveled to Brazil for a major international gathering of scholars, political leaders, poets, and students at A Conferência de Intelectuais da África e da Diáspora…

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