Mystery of Samba Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil

ISBN-10: 0807847666
ISBN-13: 9780807847664
Edition: 1999
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Description: Samba is Brazil's "national rhythm," the foremost symbol of its culture and nationhood. To the outsider, samba and the famous pre-Lenten carnival of which it is the centerpiece seem to showcase the country's African heritage. Within Brazil, however,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/16/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Samba is Brazil's "national rhythm," the foremost symbol of its culture and nationhood. To the outsider, samba and the famous pre-Lenten carnival of which it is the centerpiece seem to showcase the country's African heritage. Within Brazil, however, samba symbolizes the racial and cultural mixture that, since the 1930s, most Brazilians have come to believe defines their unique national identity. But how did Brazil become "the Kingdom of Samba" only a few decades after abolishing slavery in 1888? Typically, samba is represented as having changed spontaneously, mysteriously, from a "repressed" music of the marginal and impoverished to a national symbol cherished by all Brazilians. Here, however, Hermano Vianna shows that the nationalization of samba actually rested on a long history of relations between different social groupspoor and rich, weak and powerfuloften working at cross-purposes to one another. A fascinating exploration of the "invention of tradition,"The Mystery of Sambais an excellent introduction to Brazil's ongoing conversation on race, popular culture, and national identity.

John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi's The Contemporary History of Latin America.

Translator's
Preface
Author's Preface to the U.S. Edition
Acknowledgments
The Encounter
The Mystery
Popular Music and the Brazilian Elite
The Unity of the Nation
Race Mixture
Gilberto Freyre
The Modern Samba
Samba of My Native Land
Nowhere at All
Conclusions
Notes
Index

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