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Abstract

The literal definition of the word “carioca” is a native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro. However the meaning behind it goes far beyond merely place of residence. It describes a good-hearted, friendly, generous and humorous state of spirit in an often chaotic, loose system where punctuality is optional, social relations are essential, delays are inevitable and contradictions are evident.

DOI

10.15368/focus.2004v1n1.16

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