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Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil (Hardback)

Christen A. Smith

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ISBN 10: 0252039939 / ISBN 13: 9780252039935
Edité par University of Illinois Press, United States, 2016
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Tourists exult in Bahia, Brazil as a tropical paradise infused with the black population s one-of-a-kind vitality. But the alluring images of smiling black faces and dancing black bodies masks an ugly reality of anti-black authoritarian violence. Christen A. Smith argues that the dialectic of glorified representations of black bodies and subsequent state repression reinforces Brazil s racially hierarchal society. Interpreting the violence as both institutional and performative, Smith follows a grassroots movement and social protest theater troupe in their campaigns against racial violence. As Smith reveals, economies of black pain and suffering form the backdrop for the staged, scripted, and choreographed afro-paradise that dazzles visitors. The work of grassroots organizers exposes this relationship, exploding illusions and asking unwelcome questions about the impact of state violence performed against the still-marginalized mass of Afro-Brazilians. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780252039935

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Titre : Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and ...

Éditeur : University of Illinois Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2016

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Tourists exult in Bahia, Brazil as a tropical paradise infused with the black population's one-of-a-kind vitality. But the alluring images of smiling black faces and dancing black bodies masks an ugly reality of anti-black authoritarian violence. Christen A. Smith argues that the dialectic of glorified representations of black bodies and subsequent state repression reinforces Brazil's racially hierarchal society. Interpreting the violence as both institutional and performative, Smith follows a grassroots movement and social protest theater troupe in their campaigns against racial violence. As Smith reveals, economies of black pain and suffering form the backdrop for the staged, scripted, and choreographed afro-paradise that dazzles visitors. The work of grassroots organizers exposes this relationship, exploding illusions and asking unwelcome questions about the impact of state violence performed against the still-marginalized mass of Afro-Brazilians.

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The paradoxes of an Edenic playground sustained by, and dependent on, black pain and suffering

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