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The color of faith: black identity and religion

Grant number: 12/12372-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 01, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Populations
Principal Investigator:Vagner Gonçalves da Silva
Grantee:Rosenilton Silva de Oliveira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/24820-7 - The color of faith: black identity and religion, BE.EP.DR


The objective of this research is to examine the manners by which, in the last two decades, the discourses that are used as ethnic or racial referential have been operationalized in some religious segments: protestantism, catholicism and candomblé. This research will focus on the leaders engaged in the promotion of the activities that highlight ethnic or racial differences amongst devotes, who articulate along with political and religious institutions specific treatment to carry out religious, political and social strategies. The religious agents in question dispute for the authority to define a "black identity" from their doctrinaire points of view. Thus, they search to raise symbolic capital to maintain their clients close to a specific part of the Brazilian society and, at the same time, to be legitimate to enunciate a discourse in the public sphere about ethnic-racial policies, once the religions would also be articulators in the construction on the "negritude". The chosen religious leaders are part of the institutions that articulate politic and religious actions, such as the Aliança de Negros e Negras Evangélicos do Brasil (ANNEB), the Pastoral Afro-brasileira, the Núcleo de Diálogo Bilateral Candomblé-Católico (DCC) and the Instituto Nacional da Tradição e Cultura Afro-brasileira (INTECAB). Categories as "negritude", "black identity", and "black culture" will be taken as native categories and discussed during research. Thereby we pretend to map the political and religious disputes that occur about this topic, within its own fields and in the relationship among them. (AU)

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OLIVEIRA, Rosenilton Silva de. The color of faith: \Black identity\ and religion. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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