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Brazil, like some countries in Africa, has become a major destination for African American tourists seeking the cultural roots of the black Atlantic diaspora. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic research as well as textual, visual, and archival sources, Patricia de Santana Pinho investigates African American roots tourism, a complex, poignant kind of travel that provides profound personal and collective meaning for those searching for black identity and heritage. It also provides, as Pinho's interviews with Brazilian tour guides, state officials, and Afro-Brazilian activists reveal, economic and political rewards that support a structured industry.

Pinho traces the origins of roots tourism to the late 1970s, when groups of black intellectuals, artists, and activists found themselves drawn especially to Bahia, the state that in previous centuries had absorbed the largest number of enslaved Africans. African Americans have become frequent travelers across what Pinho calls the "map of Africanness" that connects diasporic communities and stimulates transnational solidarities while simultaneously exposing the unevenness of the black diaspora. Roots tourism, Pinho finds, is a fertile site to examine the tensions between racial and national identities as well as the gendered dimensions of travel, particularly when women are the major roots-seekers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations in the Text
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter One. That’s My Face: African American Reflections on Brazil
  2. pp. 23-65
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  1. Chapter Two. The Way We Were: Brazil in the African American Roots Tourist Gaze
  2. pp. 66-105
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  1. Chapter Three. Black Gringos in Brazil? Encounters in Sameness, Difference, Solidarity, and Inequality
  2. pp. 106-143
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  1. Chapter Four. We Bring Home the Roots: African American Women Touring the Diaspora and Bearing the Nation
  2. pp. 144-170
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  1. Chapter Five. The Awakening Giant: The State’s Belated Acknowledgment of Roots Tourism
  2. pp. 171-200
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-254
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469645346
Related ISBN
9781469645322
MARC Record
OCLC
1059451004
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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