Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil (Hardback)John Burdick (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"The puzzle of the Brazilian style of race relations has intrigued generations of scholars, but Burdick charts out new territory by examining racism in the context of Afro-Brazilian activism, popular religion, and the cultural politics of gender and desire. Avoiding simple 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
""Blessed Anastacia is a brilliant, passionate study of the realities of race and injustice in Brazil....and represents the very best in new thinking from anthropology and cultural studies about Latin America."
-Orin Starn, author of" Nightwatch: The Making of a Movement in the Peruvian Andes
"A nuanced, multidimensional and sensitive analysis of race and popular culture in Brazil."
-Robert Stam, author of "Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Culture and Cinema
"Burdick focuses on the ways in which women of color in Brazil experience three separate forms of Christianity: the inculturated Catholic mass, Pentecostalism, and the cult of Anastacia, a Brazilian symbol of black female slavery..."Blessed Anastaciais a model for research into why and how individuals are attracted to particular religious forms and expressions."
--Hannah W. Stewart-Gambino "Latin American Research Review