Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos

Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos

by Mary Lorena Kenny

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Asking what it means to be quilombola (descendants of African slaves) in the twenty-first century, Kenny illustrates how heritage and identity do not simply exist, but are continually being constructed to reflect particular historical circumstances. The book includes supplementary exercises that encourage readers to make connections between the case study at hand, their own heritage, and heritage-making efforts in other parts of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442634763
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 05/17/2018
Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary Lorena Kenny is Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is the author of Hidden Heads of Households: Child Labor in Urban Northeast Brazil (2007).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Abbreviations


1. Slavery, Quilombos, and Land

2. From Enslavement to Quilombolas

3. Quilombola Identity


Further Reading
Supplementary Exercises

What People are Saying About This

Maria Fernanda Escallón

"Grappling with fundamental anthropological questions but written for general readers, this is a key book for students, researchers, and instructors working on race, ethnicity, identity politics, heritage, and memory in Latin America. Deeply Rooted in the Present is a welcome and exciting addition to the rapidly growing field of heritage studies."

Allan C. Dawson

"The book engages, in a theoretically sophisticated manner, the thorny complex of heritage and memory in a society still fraught with the legacies of slavery and racism."

Sean Mitchell

"Kenny provides a rich exploration of the quilombo movement, which has transformed the politics of race, land, and culture throughout Brazil. Throughout, Kenny illuminates the anthropology of heritage, racism, and the making and remaking of culture and identity, resulting in an ideal book for many college courses, not just those focused on Brazil."

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