This course examines the body as a site where social inequalities are inscribed and contested in Brazilian society. The course begins by considering the “Racialized Body,” exploring how race in Brazil is perceived and performed through phenotypical characteristics and bodily practices that contrast with North American systems of racial classification. We then consider what the “Gendered Body” in Brazil teaches us about sensuality, sexuality, and the ways both gender conforming and non-conforming identities are socially constructed in specific contexts. The final unit of the course examines “The Embodied Politics of Class.” Through cases that range from pharmaceutical treatments of hunger to Brazil’s enthusiasm for plastic surgery, we approach class inequality as it is expressed and experienced through the governance of Brazilian bodies. This course may appeal not only to students interested in Brazil and Latin America, but also to those interested in gender studies, performance studies, medical anthropology, global black studies, and social theory.