‘Obedece quem quer’: The 'Jeitinho' as an Ambiguous Problem Solving Strategy in Brazilian Society

Dr. Fernanda Duarte
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The 'jeitinho' (pronounced jaytcheenyoo) is a social mechanism widely used in Brazilian society as a problem-solving strategy. It entails bending or breaking rules in order to deal with difficult situations that emerge in the quotidian of Brazilian society. Based on qualitative study carried out in Brazil, this paper explores the different meanings attributed to the 'jeitinho', which at times is constructed negatively, at times positively, and at times both positively and negatively.

Keywords: Jeitinho, Informal Practices, Resistance
Stream: Sociology and Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities, Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: A Double-Edged Sword

Dr. Fernanda Duarte

Lecturer, Organisation Studies Program
School of Management, University of Western Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Fernanda Duarte was born in Brazil, but has lived in Australia since 1974. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales, and is currently a lecturer and researcher at the School of Management, University of Western Sydney (UWS). Fernanda’s research interests lie in the areas of organisation and culture, corporate social responsibility, globalisation theory, gender studies and discourse analysis. She is currently a core research team member in a major cross-cultural project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). This project investigates the role of informal practices and networks in bureaucratic settings in Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

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