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African Roots, Brazilian Rites

Cultural and National Identity in Brazil

African Roots, Brazilian Rites by Cheryl Sterling
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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.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2012
269 pages; ISBN 9781137010001
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Title: African Roots, Brazilian Rites
Author: Cheryl Sterling
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