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An Earth-colored Sea

'Race', Culture and the Politics of Identity in the Post-Colonial Portuguese-Speaking World

Miguel Vale de Almeida

176 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-607-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (March 2004)

ISBN  978-1-57181-608-5 $27.95/£19.00 Pb Published (March 2004)

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Although the post-colonial situation has attracted considerable interest over recent years, one important colonial power – Portugal – has not been given any attention. This book is the first to explore notions of ethnicity, "race", culture, and nation in the context of the debate on colonialism and postcolonialism. The structure of the book reflects a trajectory of research, starting with a case study in Trinidad, followed by another one in Brazil, and ending with yet another one in Portugal. The three case studies, written in the ethnographic genre, are intertwined with essays of a more theoretical nature. The non-monographic, composite – or hybrid – nature of this work may be in itself an indication of the need for transnational and historically grounded research when dealing with issues of representations of identity that were constructed during colonial times and that are today reconfigured in the ideological struggles over cultural meanings.

Miguel Vale de Almeida is lecturer of Anthropology at I.S.C.T.E., Lisbon. He is also a political and social activist in Portugal, and a fiction writer.

Related Link: Other Titles from Berghahn Books by Miguel Vale de Almeida:
The Hegemonic Male
Series: Volume 22, New Directions in Anthropology
Subject: Colonialism General Anthropology
Area: Latin America Europe

LC: DP534.5 .A46 2004

BL: YC.2005.a.12751

BISAC: POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Colonialism & Post-Colonialism; HIS033000 HISTORY/Latin America/South America; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography


Foreword and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Potogee: Being Portuguese in Trinidad
Chapter 2. Powers, Products, and Passions: The Black Movement in a Town of Bahia, Brazil
Chapter 3. Tristes Luso-Tropiques: The Roots and Ramifications of Luso-Tropicalist Discourses
Chapter 4. “Longing for Oneself”: Hybridism and Miscegenation in Colonial and Postcolonial Portugal
Chapter 5. Epilogue of Empire: East Timor and the Portuguese Postcolonial Catharsis
Chapter 6. Pitfalls and Perspectives in Anthropology, Postcolonialism, and the Portuguese-Speaking World
Epilogue: A Sailor’s Tale


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