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Palgrave Macmillan

African Roots, Brazilian Rites

Cultural and National Identity in Brazil

ISBN 9781137010001
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Questions of Africanness and blackness rim the Afro-Brazilian sphere of interaction.  What is Africa? How is it constructed by Afro-Brazilians? What do these constructions accomplish? How are they reflected in the national character? And how do these constructs lend themselves to ideations of blackness? In fact, what exactly is blackness, given that Brazil is a hybrid nation in both its ethnic composition and cultural modalities? This book examines the field cultural and racial representation by Afro-Brazilians in Candomblé culture, public rituals, carnival, plays, poetry and hip-hop videography, to reposition Afro-Brazilians in the framework of Brazil's social and political processes.

  • Winner of the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Book Award

Cheryl Sterling teaches African and African Diaspora Studies in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is also the co-founder and editor of the on-line arts journal, AfroBeat Journal (http://Afrobeatjournal.org).

What Roots? Which Routes?
Where is Africa in the Nation? History as Transformative Praxis
Ritual Encounters and Performative Moments
From Candomblé to Carnaval: The Transformation of Ritual into Public Performance and Discourse
Aesthetically Black: The Articulation of Blackness in the Black Arts Movement and Quilombhoje
Performing Bodies Performing Blackness Performing Self: The Quest for a Transformative Poiesis
Centering Blackness: Hip Hop and the Outing of Marginality
Uma Luta que Nos Transcende

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