Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s to 1990s

Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s to 1990s

Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s to 1990s

Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s to 1990s

Synopsis

This collection of articles has as its focus the Afro-Brazilian culture of the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil and its linkage to politics during the 19th century and up to today. A group of interdisciplinary and international scholars bring historical and contemporary perspectives to central issues facing Afro-Brazilians: their relationship to the state and the place of Afro-Brazilian culture in the larger Brazilian society. Topics addressed include the relationship between free and freed 19th century Afro-Brazilians and the state, the black militia, the candomble religion, land reform, and contemporary cultural movements.

Excerpt

The Latin American Realities series presents aspects of life not usually covered in standard histories that tell the stories of governments, economic development, and institutions. Books in this series dwell on different facets of life, equally important, but not often analyzed or described. How have underground economies worked? What strategies have poor people employed to cope with hardship and to improve their lives? How have government policies impacted everyday life? What has been the importance of popular culture? How have members of minority or disadvantaged peoples in Latin America--blacks, recent immigrants, indigenous peoples, men and women of intermediate racial status--fared? How have social and economic changes affected them?

No region in Brazil's vast subcontinent is more distinctive than the coastal state of Bahia. Pedro Alvares Cabral landed there on his voyage of discovery in 1500; the port city of Salvador became Brazil's first royal capital and the site of debarkation for hundreds of thousands of slaves transported from Portuguese Africa to work the mines and plantations of Portugal's American colony. This collection of essays explores the rich heritage of Afro-Bahian culture that provides the basis for the region's distinctiveness. Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s-1990s, is all the more valuable for historians because it not only describes and analyzes the components of Afro-Brazilian culture and politics but it also links them to the wider world of Brazilian society over the span of two centuries. the contributors to the volume represent a talented cross-section of the newest generation of specialists on Afro-Brazilian history. They include Brazilians, Europeans, and North Americans, persons of African origin and persons of . . .

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