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Debating African Roots

Anadelia A. Romo

in Brazil's Living Museum: Race, Reform, and Tradition in Bahia

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833827
eISBN:
9781469604084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895948_romo.9
Subject:
History, Latin American History

Bahia's growing reputation as a locus of Afro-Brazilian culture attracted a wave of foreign researchers. This chapter examines how Bahian ideas of tradition dominated outside observers who became ... More


Religious Pluralism and the Afro-Cuban Ritual-Arts Movement, 1899–1969

Kristine Juncker

in Afro-Cuban Religious Arts: Popular Expressions of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santería

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813049700
eISBN:
9780813050454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049700.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Historiographic analysis of early twentieth-century literature on Afro-Caribbean religious arts reveals critical struggles among scholars, the popular press, and practitioners with respect to the ... More


On ‘being Jewish’, on ‘studying Haiti’ … Herskovits, Métraux, Race and Human Rights

Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken

in The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781781382998
eISBN:
9781781383971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares the work and biographies of anthropologists Melville Herskovits and Alfred Métraux, with particular emphasis on their efforts to responsibly politicize their scholarly practice ... More


Drums and Shadows: The Federal Writers’ Project, Sapelo Islanders, and the Specter of African Superstitions on Georgia’s Coast

Melissa L. Cooper

in Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469632681
eISBN:
9781469632704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632681.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 4 follows the production of Drums and Shadows, illustrating how ideas about African survivals and the Gullah inside and outside of the academe touched down on the Sapelo Island and in the ... More


The 1920s and 1930s Voodoo Craze: African Survivals in American Popular Culture and the Ivory Tower

Melissa L. Cooper

in Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469632681
eISBN:
9781469632704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632681.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the 1920s and 1930s "voodoo craze" by examing the way that negative ideas about "Africa" and "Africans" during these years, and the prevelance of the common association between ... More


Herskovits’s Heritage

Andrew Apter

in Oduduwa's Chain: Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226506388
eISBN:
9780226506555
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226506555.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter returns to the classic problem of religious syncretism in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé. It reformulates Melville Herskovits’s syncretic paradigm in more ... More


Finding a Politics of Diaspora in the Caribbean

Joanna Dee Das

in Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190264871
eISBN:
9780190264901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264871.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

“Finding a Politics of Diaspora in the Caribbean” examines how Dunham’s ethnographic research trip to the Caribbean transformed her perspective on the political potential of black dance. While in ... More


Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

Donald H. Matthews

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199963997
eISBN:
9780190258412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book affirms once and for all the African foundation of African American religious practice. This analysis of the methods employed by historians, social scientists, and literary critics in the ... More


“Every Guy Has His Own Africa”: Development and Anthropology in Saul Bellow and Bessie Head

Tim Watson

in Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190852672
eISBN:
9780190852702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190852672.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter analyzes the writer Saul Bellow as an anthropological novelist, focusing on his African novel, Henderson the Rain King. Bellow incorporates ethnographic source material, including some ... More


Postscript

Donald H. Matthews

in Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199963997
eISBN:
9780190258412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book has explored how the creation of the spirituals enabled African Americans to develop their theological and cultural orientation. It has argued that the metaphor of the spiritual can serve ... More


Becoming a New Negro in Chicago

Joanna Dee Das

in Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190264871
eISBN:
9780190264901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264871.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

“Becoming a New Negro in Chicago” delves into Dunham’s childhood and young adulthood in order to understand her artistic and intellectual foundations. Her early years in the Chicago suburbs were ... More


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