National dress. Although there is no national dress, the lavish Samba costumes have become the symbol of the nation. At work, the dress is Western wear for executives, and casual clothes for workers. There is an appreciation for fine clothes among a wide segment of the 18 to 40 year olds.
Secondary education. There is a good system of public schools. However, many children attend private academies.
There are several plans in effect, but the concept has not been popular. Many conservatives blame the problems with the real on the programs.
Visual arts. African music, dance, food, and religious practices have become an integral part of Brazilian culture. As shown in the capitol of Brasilia, fine art and architecture are critical to the Brazilian mentality.
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Types available and in demand. Brazil has more soccer leagues than any nation in the world, and soccer is a national obsession. It is said that in Brazil, people would rather belong to a soccer club than eat. In some cases, people spend as much as 40 percent of their income.
Dynamics of the family: Parental roles. The increasing number of single family households suggest that parental roles are changing: "Brazil's millions of poor people--as well as social groups looked upon as expendable, such as indigenous peoples, homosexuals, landless peasants and street children--are subject to systematic police violence" (Hecht, 1998, 32)
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