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Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil

Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil
Author: John Burdick
ISBN 13: 9780415912600
ISBN 10: 415912601
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1998-10-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $45.95

The weakness of Brazil's black consciousness movement is commonly attributed to the fragility of Afro-Brazilian ethnic identity. In a major account, John Burdick challenges this view by revealing the many-layered reality of popular black consciousness and identity in an arena that is usually overlooked: that of popular Christianity.

Blessed Anastacia describes how popular Christianity confronts everyday racism and contributes to the formation of racial identity. The author concludes that if organizers of the black consciousness movement were to recognize the profound racial meaning inherent in this area of popular religiosity, they might be more successful in bridging the gap with its poor and working-class constituency.

Nova Religio, The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions - Anne Motley Hallum

It is unusual and refreshing for a scholar to acknowledge openly a motivation for a publication beyond that of pure research. Burdick's beautifully-written ethnography is strengthened by his candor.