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Little Brazil : An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City - Maxine L. Margolis

Little Brazil

An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City

Paperback Published: 19th December 1993
ISBN: 9780691000565
Number Of Pages: 356

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Walking west on 46th Street in Manhattan, just three blocks from Rockefeller Center, one passes Brazilian restaurants, the office of New York's Brazilian newspaper, a Brazilian travel agency, a business that sends remittances and wires flowers to Brazil, and a store that sells Brazilian food products, magazines, newspapers, videos, and tapes. These businesses are the tip of an ethnic iceberg, an unseen minority estimated to number some 80,000 to 100,000 Brazilians in the New York metropolitan area alone. Despite their numbers, the lives of these people remain largely hidden to scholars and the public alike. Now Maxine L. Margolis remedies this neglect with a fascinating and accessible account of the lives of New York's Brazilians.

Showing that these immigrants belie American stereotypes, Margolis reveals that they are largely from the middle strata of Brazilian society: many, in fact, have university educations. Not driven by dire poverty or political repression, they are fleeing from chaotic economic conditions that prevent them from maintaining amiddle-class standard of living in Brazil. But despite their class origin and education, with little English and no work papers, many are forced to take menial jobs after their arrival in the United States. "Little Brazil" is not an insentient statistical portrait of this population writ large, but a nuanced account that captures what it is like to be a new immigrant in this most cosmopolitan of world cities.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
The New Voyagersp. 3
Bye-Bye, Brazilp. 31
First Daysp. 59
Who Are They?p. 83
Making a Livingp. 109
From Mistress to Servantp. 121
Shoe Shine "Boys" and Go-Go "Girls"p. 149
Life and Leisure in the Big Applep. 167
Little Brazil: Is It a Community?p. 195
Class Picturesp. 220
An Invisible Minorityp. 242
Sojourner or Immigrant?p. 258
Notesp. 277
Glossary of Portuguese and Brazilian-American Termsp. 301
Referencesp. 305
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780691000565
ISBN-10: 0691000565
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 19th December 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.53