Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil / Edition 1

Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil / Edition 1

by John Burdick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415912601

ISBN-13: 9780415912600

Pub. Date: 10/06/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The weakness of Brazil's black consciousness movement is commonly attributed to the fragility of Afro-Brazilian ethnic identity. In a major account, John Burdick challenges this view by revealing the many-layered reality of popular black consciousness and identity in an arena that is usually overlooked: that of popular Christianity.Blessed Anastacia describes how

Overview

The weakness of Brazil's black consciousness movement is commonly attributed to the fragility of Afro-Brazilian ethnic identity. In a major account, John Burdick challenges this view by revealing the many-layered reality of popular black consciousness and identity in an arena that is usually overlooked: that of popular Christianity.Blessed Anastacia describes how popular Christianity confronts everyday racism and contributes to the formation of racial identity. The author concludes that if organizers of the black consciousness movement were to recognize the profound racial meaning inherent in this area of popular religiosity, they might be more successful in bridging the gap with its poor and working-class constituency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415912600
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/06/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Everyday Wounds of Color

Negras in Love, Family, and Work

2. Spirited Languages

The Field of Popular Christianity in Rio de Janeiro

3. The Politics of Mystical Substance

Black Women and the

Catholic Inculturated Mass

4. What is the Color of the Holy Spirit?

Racial/Color Meanings in Pentecostalism

5. The Eyes of Anastacia

Political Readings of a Popular Catholic Devotion

6. The Politics of Ethnography

Translating Knowledge

Claims into Practice

Conclusion

An Agenda for the Ethnography of Social Movements

formulas and always attentive to complexity, Burdick has produced both a nuanced ethnography and a contribution to theories of social movements and activist scholarship (David J. Hess, professor of anthropology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and author of Samba in the Night:

Spiritism in Brazil)

Movement in the Peruvian Andes)

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