The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil

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Abstract

Since the late 1970s, the progressive wing of the Catholic Church in Brazil has worked in solidarity with that country's black movement to formulate practices to advance the cause of anti-racism. In particular, the Church has sought to dismantle white supremacy and Eurocentrism by creating an inculturated liturgy, known as the "Afro-Mass,"inspired by the Afro- Brazilian religion of candomble. This chapter assesses this effort at cultural politics and concludes that it unwittingly reproduces the very structures of Eurocentrism it seeks to destabilize. The essay thus contributes to the literature that evaluates the outcomes of social movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRace, Nation, and Religion in the Americas
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)019514919X, 9780195149180
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

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Brazil
Dance
Eurocentrism
Candomblé
White Supremacy
Solidarity
Religion
Anti-racism
Liturgy
Cultural Politics
1970s
Social Movements
Catholic Church
Causes

Keywords

  • Afro-Brazilian
  • Afro-mass
  • Anti-racism
  • Black movement
  • Brazil
  • Candomble
  • Catholic church
  • Cultural politics
  • Eurocentrism
  • Inculturated mass
  • Social movements
  • White supremacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Burdick, J. S. (2005). The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil. In Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0005

The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil. / Burdick, John Samuel.

Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Burdick, JS 2005, The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil. in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0005
Burdick JS. The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil. In Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas. Oxford University Press. 2005 https://doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0005
Burdick, John Samuel. / The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil. Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas. Oxford University Press, 2005.
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