Latin American popular culture
The Cazumbá is an enigmatic trickster of the
Bumba-meu-boi celebration, sotaque de Pindaré or
The interest in peasant societies and an oral history project have led me to
recognize the importance of popular culture for historians. Popular art forms
allow unique insights into the ways history is seen ‘from below’. It also
permits a better understanding of popular intervention in politics and society.
Hence my current interest in popular dances, carnival, tricksters & clowns, and
the celebrations of patron saints. Some of these forms (such as the samba de
roda, tambor de crioula or capoeira) are now recognized as part of the
immaterial heritage of Brazil. They also contribute to strengthen communities
that took over former plantation lands in their fight for communal property
rights or environmental protection for the lands on which they live.
Other research interests:
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