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- DescriptionIn Uneven Encounters, Micol Seigel chronicles the exchange of popular culture between Brazil and the United States in the years between the World Wars, and demonstrates how that exchange affected ideas of race and nation in both countries. From Americans interpreting advertisements for Brazilian coffee or dancing the Brazilian maxixe, to Rio musicians embracing the foreign qualities of jazz, Seigel traces a lively, cultural back and forth. Along the way, she shows how race and nation for both elites and n-elites are constructed together, and driven by global cultural and intellectual currents as well as local, regional, and national ones.Seigel explores the circulation of images of Brazilian coffee and of maxixe in the United States during the period just after the imperial expansions of the early twentieth century. Exoticist interpretations structured North Americans' paradoxical sense of themselves as productive consumer citizens. Some people, however, could t simply assume the privileges of citizenship. In their struggles against racism, Afro-descended citizens living in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, New York, and Chicago encountered images and tions of each other, and found them useful. Seigel introduces readers to cosmopolitan Afro-Brazilians and African Americans who rarely traveled far from home but who netheless absorbed ideas from abroad. She suggests that studies comparing U.S. and Brazilian racial identities as two distinct constructions are misconceived. Racial formation transcends national borders; attempts to understand it must do the same.
- Author BiographyMicol Seigel is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and the Program in American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Author(s)Micol Seigel
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleAmerican Encounters/Global Interactions
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note19 photographs
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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