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- DescriptionSalvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, is often referred to as Brazil's Black Rome . Culturally complex, vibrant, and rich with history, its African-descended population is one of the largest in Latin America. Yet despite representing a majority of the population, African-Bahians remain a marginalized racial group within the state as a whole. In African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil, Scott Ickes examines how in the middle of the twentieth century, African-Bahian cultural practices such as capoeira, samba, and Candomble during carnival and other popular religious festivals came to be accepted as essential components of Bahian regional identity. Previously, public performances of traditionally African-Bahian practices were repressed in favor of more European traditions and a more modern vision. Newfound acceptance of these customs was a democratic move forward, but it also perpetuated the political and ecomic marginalization of the black majority. Ickes argues that cultural-political alliances between African-Bahian cultural practitioners and their dominant-class allies nevertheless helped to create a meaningful framework through which African-Bahian inclusion could be negotiated a framework that is also important in the larger discussions of race and regional and national identity throughout Brazil.
- Author BiographyScott Ickes is assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida, USA.
- Author(s)Scott Ickes
- PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
- Date of Publication30/09/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleNew World Diasporas
- Place of PublicationFlorida
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Florida
- Content Note9 figures, 3 tables, map
- Weight454 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine19 mm
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