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by Patricia de Santana Pinho

  • ISBN: 0822346540
  • Category: History
  • Author: Patricia de Santana Pinho
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 25, 2010)
  • Pages: 280 pages
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Mama Africa is a rich, complex, and engaged book, a treasure-trove of information and ideas

Mama Africa is a rich, complex, and engaged book, a treasure-trove of information and ideas. Patricia de Santana Pinho writes as a Bahian and a quasi-insider in relation to the groups she discusses, and she combines the passionate enthusiasm of cultural studies with the rigor of the social sciences at their best. Robert Stam, author of Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture. fresh and welcome perspective.

In Mama Africa, Patricia de Santana Pinho examines the meanings of Africa in Bahian constructions of blackness. Combining insights from anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, Pinho considers how Afro-Bahian cultural groups, known as blocos afro, conceive of Africanness, blackness, and themselves in relation to both.

My earlier book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traced the . In Mama Africa, Patricia de Santana Pinho examines the meanings of Africa in Bahian constructions of blackness.

My earlier book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traced the ways in which Africa has been imagined and reinvented by Afro-Bahian cultural groups, functioning, on the one hand, as an inspiring reference for the construction of cultural and political black identities, but serving, on the other hand, to freeze blackness in static icons that are manipulated by. the local government and the tourism industry.

Reinventing Blackness in Bahia. Book Pages: 280 Illustrations: Published: January 2010. Author: Patricia de Santana Pinho.

In Mama Africa, Patricia de Santana Pinho examines the meanings of Africa in Bahian constructions of blackness

In Mama Africa, Patricia de Santana Pinho examines the meanings of Africa in Bahian constructions of blackness.

Patricia de Santana Pinho, associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, is the author of Mama Africa.

Patricia Pinho African Americans have become frequent travelers across what .

Patricia Pinho African Americans have become frequent travelers across what Professor Pinho calls the "map of Africanness" that connects diasporic communitie. The trope of Bahia as a closer Africa for African Americans represents both Bahia and Africa in feminized terms and through representations that predominantly rely on images of black women as cultural markers and embodiments of the past.

Often called the “most African” part of Brazil, the northeastern state of Bahia has the country’s largest Afro-descendant population and a black culture renowned for its vibrancy. In Mama Africa, Patricia de Santana Pinho examines the meanings of Africa in Bahian constructions of blackness. Combining insights from anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, Pinho considers how Afro-Bahian cultural groups, known as blocos afro, conceive of Africanness, blackness, and themselves in relation to both. Mama Africa is a translated, updated, and expanded edition of an award-winning book published in Brazil in 2004. Central to the book, and to Bahian constructions of blackness, is what Pinho calls “the myth of Mama Africa,” the idea that Africa exists as a nurturing spirit inside every black person.

Pinho explores how Bahian cultural production influences and is influenced by black diasporic cultures and the idealization of Africa—to the extent that Bahia draws African American tourists wanting to learn about their heritage. Analyzing the conceptions of blackness produced by the blocos afro, she describes how Africa is re-inscribed on the body through clothes, hairstyles, and jewelry; once demeaned, blackness is reclaimed as a source of beauty and pride. Turning to the body’s interior, Pinho explains that the myth of Mama Africa implies that black appearances have corresponding black essences. Musical and dance abilities are seen as naturally belonging to black people, and these traits are often believed to be transmitted by blood. Pinho argues that such essentialized ideas of blackness render black culture increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by the state and commercial interests. She contends that the myth of Mama Africa, while informing oppositional black identities, overlaps with a constraining notion of Bahianness promoted by the government and the tourist industry.


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