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Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil (Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducao)

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Publisher Comments:

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 groups—poor and rich, weak and powerful—often working at cross-purposes to one another.

A fascinating exploration of the "invention of tradition," The Mystery of Samba is an excellent introduction to Brazil's ongoing conversation on race, popular culture, and national identity.

Synopsis:

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

Choice An important contribution . . . . to today's lively multidisciplinary discussion about race, nation, and popular culture.

Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y El Caribe Hermano Vianna's new book is a valiant effort to make sense of both [Brazil's music and culture].

Lingua Franca A wonderfully knowledgeable and thoughtful investigation of how Brazil and samba helped create each other.

Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Samba A subtle and convincing analysis of the connection between popular culture and its manipulation by the elite.

Thomas E. Skidmore, Brown University

Synopsis:

For Brazilians, samba symbolizes the racial and cultural mixture that now defines their national identity. As the story behind Brazil's nationalization of samba, this book offers a unique approach to the country's ongoing conversation on race, popular culture, and national identity.

About the Author

Hermano Vianna is a Brazilian anthropologist and writer who currently works in television.John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Contents

Translator's Preface

Author's Preface to the U.S. Edition

Acknowledgments

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

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807847664
Editor:
Chasteen, John Charles
Author:
Chasteen, John C.
Editor:
Chasteen, John Charles
Author:
Chasteen, John Charles
Author:
Vianna, Hermano
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Musical Instruments - General
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Music and society -- Brazil.
Subject:
Samba
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Cultural Anthropology; pre-Lenten carnival; African heritage; symbol; social groups; race; popular culture; Latin America in Translation/en Traducci
Subject:
n/em Tradu
Subject:
O
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular music -- Brazil.
Subject:
Music - Social aspects - Brazil
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
Cultural Anthropology
Subject:
pre-Lenten carnival
Subject:
African heritage
Subject:
Symbol
Subject:
Social groups
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Latin America in Translation/en Traducci
Subject:
Cultural Anthropolo
Subject:
gy
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducao
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 8.96 oz

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Product details 168 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807847664 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This very readable book provides an interpretation of an aspect of the Brazilian culture that has remained unexplored until now.

Choice An important contribution . . . . to today's lively multidisciplinary discussion about race, nation, and popular culture.

Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y El Caribe Hermano Vianna's new book is a valiant effort to make sense of both [Brazil's music and culture].

Lingua Franca A wonderfully knowledgeable and thoughtful investigation of how Brazil and samba helped create each other.

Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Samba A subtle and convincing analysis of the connection between popular culture and its manipulation by the elite.

Thomas E. Skidmore, Brown University

"Synopsis" by , For Brazilians, samba symbolizes the racial and cultural mixture that now defines their national identity. As the story behind Brazil's nationalization of samba, this book offers a unique approach to the country's ongoing conversation on race, popular culture, and national identity.
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