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Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil
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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 Reconcavo region of northeastern Brazil--known for its rich Afro-Brazilian traditions and as a center of racial consciousness in the country--Stephen Selka provides a nuanced and sophisticated ethnography that examines what it means to be black in Brazil.

Selka examines how Evangelical Protestantism, Candomble (traditional Afro-Brazilian religion), and Catholicism--especially progressive Catholicism--are deployed in discursive struggles concerning racism and identity. In the process, he provides a model of wedding abstract theory with concrete details of everyday life.

Revealing the complexity and sometimes contradictory aspects of Afro-Brazilian religious practices and racial identity, Selka brings a balanced perspective to polarized discussions of Brazilian racial politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Front Matter
  1. Copyright
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  1. Introductory Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. Religion and Race in Brazil
  2. pp. 9-47
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  1. 3. Catholicism and Afro-Brazilian Identity
  2. pp. 48-72
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  1. 4. Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian Culture, and Anti-Racism
  2. pp. 73-96
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  1. 5. Alternative Identities, Emergent Politics
  2. pp. 97-119
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  1. 6. The Politics of Afro-Brazilian Identity
  2. pp. 120-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. References
  2. pp. 157-169
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 170-175
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  1. About the Author
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