After several years of economic boom and being seen as a rising power, Brazil is now in the midst of a severe political and economic meltdown. Elizabeth McKenna examines how this happened.
There’s a longstanding joke about the year 2015 in Brazil. Customarily, if a national holiday falls on a Tuesday, Brazilians will “enforcar” Monday. The word enforcar literally translates as “to hang” or “to strangle,” but figuratively, it means to treat any day between a weekend and a holiday as a day off. In 2016, September 7 – Brazil’s Independence Day – falls on a Wednesday. Thanks to the logic of enforcamento, some students, workers, and bosses will happily justify skipping out on two days of work or more.
August 19, 2015
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article