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Cultural Politics in Bahia

Cultural Politics in Bahia

(p.230) Conclusion and Epilogue Cultural Politics in Bahia
African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil
Scott Ickes
University Press of Florida

This chapter argues that the Vargas era in Salvador bequeathed a legacy for the rest of the twentieth century. This legacy was the creation of a political-cultural struggle over the meaning of Bahian regional identity and the degree to which Bahia would be associated with African-Bahian cultural practices. These vectors of conflict and negotiation fed into wider political contestation over what the cultural inclusion of those practices should mean for justice, discrimination, equal opportunity, and quality of life for Bahians of African descent.

Keywords:   Cultural politics, Hegemony, Regional Identity, Religious Festivals, Performance, Vargas era

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