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A family of culture: the Souza Carneiros in Salvador of the early twentieth century

Based on an ethnography of the history of the early twentieth century Bahian society, the article addresses the social and familiar trajectory of the journalist, ethnographer, and folklorist Edison de Souza Carneiro (1912-1972). The paper's objectives are twofold: on the one hand, to reconstruct the social and political position of the Souza Carneiro family among the ruling elites of Salvador, especially regarding the effects of their race and blackness in their personal experience, and, on the other hand, to reveal how these familiar, political and ethnic experiences affected the early work of Edison Carneiro in the late 1920s.

Edison Carneiro; Race relations; Black family; Bahian society; Salvador


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