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Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil

Christen A. Smith


Tourists exult in Bahia, Brazil, as a tropical paradise infused with the black population's one-of-a-kind vitality. But the alluring images of smiling black faces and dancing black bodies masks an ugly reality of anti-black authoritarian violence. This book argues that the dialectic of glorified representations of black bodies and subsequent state repression reinforces Brazil's racially hierarchal society. Interpreting the violence as both institutional and performative, the book follows a grassroots movement and social protest theater troupe in their campaigns against racial violence. As the ... More

Keywords: Bahia, Brazil, anti-black violence, authoritarian violence, racial violence, black suffering, Afro-Brazilians, state violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039935
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christen A. Smith, author
The University of Texas at Austin