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Author French, Jan Hoffman, 1953-

Title Legalizing identities : becoming Black or Indian in Brazil's northeast / Jan Hoffman French
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 247 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Introduction : Globalizing rights and legalizing identities -- Situating identities in the religious landscape of the Sertão -- We are Indians even if our faces aren't painted -- Constructing boundaries and creating legal facts : a landowner dies and a Quilombo is born -- Family feuds and ethnoracial politics : what's land got to do with it? -- Cultural moves : authenticity and legalizing difference -- Buried alive : a family story becomes Quilombo history -- Conclusion
Summary The author shows how law can successfully serve as the impetus for the transformation of cultural practices and collective identity. Through ethnographic, historical, and legal analysis of successful claims to land by two neighboring black communities in the backlands of northeastern Brazil, the book demonstrates how these two communities have come to distinguish themselves from each other while revising and retelling their histories and present-day stories. It argues that the invocation of laws by these related communities led to the emergence of two different identities: one indigenous (Xocó Indian) and the other quilombo (descendants of a fugitive African slave community)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236) and index
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Subject Blacks -- Land tenure -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Blacks -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Blacks -- Brazil -- Sergipe -- Ethnic identity.
Ethnicity -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Ethnology -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Group identity -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Shocó Indians -- Land tenure -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Shocó Indians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Brazil -- Sergipe.
Shocó Indians -- Brazil -- Sergipe -- Ethnic identity.
Sergipe (Brazil) -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008050472
ISBN 0807889881 (electronic bk.)
1469605775 (electronic bk.)
9780807889886 (electronic bk.)
9781469605777 (electronic bk.)