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Where are the protests? The fitful giant and its futebol

Liz McKenna, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology | July 7, 2014

“The giant has awoken,” went the catchphrase. Last June, more than a million Brazilians took to the streets, initially to challenge a bus fare hike. The image of a once dormant, now dynamic colossus became one of the primary metaphors for the country’s 2013 protest cycle. One year later, as Brazil hosts the largest single-event … Continue reading »

The sins and marvels of Brazil’s World Cup

Pedro Peterson, Ph.D. student in city and regional planning | July 1, 2014

Eduardo Galeano, the world’s greatest football fan-poet, once said that “football is not guilty of the sins committed in its name.” In Brazil’s World Cup, which is built on sins both shameless and grotesque, and which has been a spectacle of football both lovely and exhilarating, Galeano’s line has offered fans of the sport an … Continue reading »