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A beleza abre portas: Beauty and the racialised body among black middle-class women in Salvador, Brazil

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Gordon,Doreen (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2013-08
ISBN:
1464-7001
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Women, Racism, Salvador (Brazil), South America, Aesthetics, Gender, Social Class, Race, beauty, middle classes
Notes:
Beauty is constantly lived and incorporated as a meaningful social category in Brazil and intersects with racialised and gendered ways of belonging to the Brazilian nation.  Article shows how middle-class women self-identifying as black embody and experience beauty and how, through practices and discourses centered on physical appearance, they both reinforce and challenge broader social and racial inequalities in Brazil.