This research proposal investigates street riots (public disturbances) involving African descendants in the city of São Paulo between the pre and post-abolition period (1880-1900). These riots, understood as forms of resistance of this population, sought to ensure their right to build their own autonomous citizenship with particular cultural singularities. Sociability patterns, as well as strategies for maintaining the lifestyles of African descendant women and men will be identified through analysis and mapping of social tensions during the abolitionist period and its following years. Thus, we will place our object in face of assumptions of historical agency. More specifically, we will address the historiographical debates around continuities of freedom experiences as guiding principles for the construction a possible citizenship of enslaved as well as former slave population. The theories of African cultures and traditions are also referenced. Notably, those of Bantu origin, and its implications on African-American cultural formation in general, particularly in Southeastern Brazil. Police records and urban surveillance legislation will be the main source of data analysis (criminal documents will also be construed in case of deployment). Furthermore, we resort to property records and old maps of the city intending to delineate spatial occupation patterns.
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