Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Cultural Politics

PORTUGUE 490S

Brazil is commonly understood as an example of a “racially democratic” nation, but as scholars have recently shown, racism permeates all aspects of Brazilian society. This course examines the development of the theorization of race, racial identity and race relations in contemporary Brazil. The approach of the course will be interdisciplinary, drawing upon works from anthropology, literature, history, music, and film. Topics will include colonialism and enslavement, nationalism, social activism, and popular culture. We will also consider how Brazilian social relations differ from or conform to other racialized patterns in other nation-states in the Americas. Particular attention will be placed on the impact of the interrelationship between race, gender, class, and nation on the lives of black Brazilians.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Brazil
PORTUGUES 490S Black Brazil: Race, Nation, and Cultural Politics
Faculty: 

Lamonte Aidoo, lamonte.aidoo@duke.edu

Crosslisting Numbers: 
AAAS 490S, LATAMER 490S
Areas of Knowledge: 
SS
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
No
Literature in Translation?
No