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Avoiding the Dark: Essays on Race and the Forging of National Culture in Modern Brazil

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This work examines the processes by which Brazilian nationalists forged and propagated an all-inclusive national identity, which attempted to promote racial harmony in the first four decades of the twentieth century. Based on the ideas of Benedict Anderson's 'Imagined Communities' (1983), this work examines the 'imagining of Brazil' by focusing on the state, intellectual and popular conceptualizations of Brazil through important institutions such as the Ministry of Culture, and major media for national communication in the 1930s. In order to understand the formulation of Brazil's dominant national ideology in this period it is also crucial to examine the views and voices of black Brazilians and the climate within which they emerged.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Race and National Identity in Brazil: A Latin American perspective 1
2 Race and Patriotism Beyond Abolition: Forging national citizenry, 1888-1930 41
3 The Getulio Vargas Regime and the Institutionalization of National Culture, 1930-1945 79
4 The Nationalization of Popular Culture 120
5 Afro-Brazilians and Civil Rights: Ethnic consciousness versus cultural nationalism 178
6 Conclusion: Race and national culture, the legacy of the 1930s 216
Bibliography 236
Index 258
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