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Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil
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Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Stephen Selka

Abstract

Brazilians of African descent draw upon both Christian and African diasporic religions to construct their racial identities in a variety of intriguing ways. Focusing on the Recôncavo region of north-eastern Brazil—known for its rich Afro-Brazilian traditions and as a center of racial consciousness in the country—this book provides an ethnography that examines what it means to be black in Brazil. It examines how Evangelical Protestantism, Candomblé (traditional Afro-Brazilian religion), and Catholicism—especially progressive Catholicism—are deployed in discursive struggles concerning racism and ... More

Keywords: Brazilians, African descent, diasporic religions, Recôncavo, Evangelical Protestantism, Candomblé, Catholicism, identity, racial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813031712
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031712.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Selka, author
Tulane University