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Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Stephen Selka


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Selka, author
Tulane University