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The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil / Edition 1

The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil / Edition 1

by Hermano Vianna
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Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807847664
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/16/1999
Series: Latin America in Translation/en Traducción/em Tradução
Edition description: 1
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Hermano Vianna is a Brazilian anthropologist and writer who currently works in television.

Table of Contents


Translator's Preface
Author's Preface to the U.S. Edition
Chapter 1. The Encounter
Chapter 2. The Mystery
Chapter 3. Popular Music and the Brazilian Elite
Chapter 4. The Unity of the Nation
Chapter 5. Race Mixture
Chapter 6. Gilberto Freyre
Chapter 7. The Modern Samba
Chapter 8. Samba of My Native Land
Chapter 9. Nowhere at All
Chapter 10. Conclusions

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A wonderfully knowledgeable and thoughtful investigation of how Brazil and samba helped create each other.—Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Samba

The Mystery of Samba points to the Brazilian nation's strong expression of popular culture as a long term transcultural experience between cultural elites and popular voices both inside and outside Brazil. . . . This masterful work is a very current and major contribution to the debate about culture across the social sciences and the humanities.—Nelson H. Vieira, Brown University

A subtle and convincing analysis of the connection between popular culture and its manipulation by the elite. A major contribution to our understanding of the development of Brazilian national identity.—Thomas E. Skidmore, Brown University

Despite the fact that Brazil is one of the three most prolific sources for the continuing evolution of popular music (the United States and Cuba being two others), an outsider without a decent knowledge of Portuguese must struggle to grasp the significance of the country's music and its culture. Hermano Vianna's new book is a valiant effort to make sense of both. . . . Popular music isn't only what one turns to when taking a rest from important things like writing social history. It can actually work, if sometimes indirectly, to change the world.—Lingua Franca

An important contribution not only to English-language scholarship on Latin American music, but also to today's lively multidisciplinary discussion about race, nation, and popular culture.—Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y El Caribe

This very readable book provides an interpretation of an aspect of the Brazilian culture that has remained unexplored until now.—Choice

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