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Collective identity and racial thought in São Paulo’s black gospel music scene

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Burdick,John (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, South America, Race identity, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Gospel (music)
In an effort to push the literature on music and collective identity to examine how the cognitive dimension of collective identity gets constructed, a study shifts away from the customary focus on lyrics, toward an analysis of the everyday discursive contexts of music scenes, such as rehearsals, informal commentary, and training seminars. By examining such contexts within the black gospel music scene in São Paulo, Brazil, the study discovers that a complex ideology of racial identity, infused with ideas drawn from North American history and the Bible, circulates within the scene.