Brazil: A chronological assessment of socio-economic factors and their role in inequality and poverty.

Antonella Mizzi & Jovane Kristensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In Latin America, there was always a major paradox. Although the continent seems to be rich in resources, the mass experienced high levels of poverty. Already in the eighteenth century, scholars thought about this and asked questions about the Brazilian system and on how a country so fecund in natural products, so rich in potential, so vast in extent, was still inhabited by such a small number of settlers, most of them poor and many of them half-starved. (Burns 1972: 37) We are asking this same question today, 200 years later... Huge, even widening, disparities between rich and poor in Brazil continue to exist behind a façade of overall social progress. The persistence of such inequities could thwart progress towards the Millennium Development Goals1. Even if a country accomplishes one or more goals, such achievement would be diminished if it does not lead to tangible improvements in the lives of its most disadvantaged citizens. Dramatic social disparities are neither limited to income nor unique to Brazil.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 jun. 2008
VejlederePaul Austin Stacey


  • inequality
  • latin america
  • Brazil
  • history of brazil
  • poverty