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Gilberto Freyre and the Twentieth Century rethinking of race in Latin America

Drayton, Richard (2011) Gilberto Freyre and the Twentieth Century rethinking of race in Latin America. Portuguese Studies 27 (1), pp. 43-47. ISSN 0267-5315.

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Abstract

This article examines the intellectual origins and meaning of Gilberto Freyre's Casa-grande. It argues that Freyre's attack on a racial hierarchy of cultural value, and on ideas of racial purity, may be understood from four perspectives: first, as part of a long tradition of pan-American response to the Old World's contempt for the New; second, as a claim for his region, the Northeast of Brazil, the most Africanised part of his country, of a central role in its nation's civilization; third, as part of a broader Latin American renegotiation of the place of the indigenous and African culture in the decades after the First World War; and, lastly, as a classic modernist attempt to frame a view of universal humanity.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Race, dispute of the New World, indigenismo, Manuel Gamio, Jose Vascon-celos, Jose Carlos Mariategui, Fernando Ortiz, Raça, disputa sobre o Novo Mundo, indigenimos, Manuel Gamio, Jose Vasconcelos, Jose Carlos Mariategui, Fernando Ortiz
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 13:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3618

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