Thales de Azevedo (1904–1995) was a Brazilian physician and an anthropologist known for his extensive research on a variety of topics, including Italian immigration to southern Brazil, Brazilian ethnic and racial relations, popular Catholicism, and church–state relations. Later in life, Azevedo wrote about the mundane with topics such as romantic courtship and the life course.

He codirected, with Charles Wagley, the Bahia State–Columbia University Community Study Project. This collaborative project resulted in a book published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the social mobility—or lack thereof—of the Black and Brown populations in the city of Salvador, Bahia. As a prolific writer, Azevedo wrote opinion pieces and essays for several local news outlets about politics, religion, education, and the like. Azevedo was ...

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