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Great batuques: identities and experiences of the urban African workers of Lourenço Marques (1890-1930)

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Matheus Serva Pereira
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Lucilene Reginaldo; Omar Ribeiro Thomaz; Robert Wayne Andrew Slenes; José Luís de Oliveira Cabaço; Lorenzo Gustavo Macagno
Advisor: Lucilene Reginaldo

The so-called "batuques" (drums) practiced in the urban spaces and suburban areas of Lourenço Marques - present-day Maputo, capital of Mozambique -, between the 1890s and 1940s, are taken as an object and as a window for the world of daily experiences of those classified by the Portuguese colonial language as "indigenous". During the early colonialism process developed by the Portugueses in the south of Mozambique, from a social and juridical point of view, were elaborated classificatory categories that created important homogenisations to control the populations under Portuguese rule. This process was important to stablish the instruments that were used by the colonial administrative staff. However, these categorizations forged by the colonial discourse did not account for the multiplicity of everyday experiences of the native populations from the southern Mozambique. In this sense, the research investigate the experiences and the creative reinventions of those individuals classified as indigenous during the daily relations they established with the forms of power built and implemented by Portuguese colonialism in the region (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/11516-8 - "Big drumming": identities and experiences of urban African workers of Lourenço Marques (1890-1930).
Grantee:Matheus Serva Pereira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate