New Book

Patricia de Santana Pinho, Duke University Press

I am pleased to announce the publication of Patricia de Santana
Pinho’s new book Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia
(Duke University Press). Often called the “most African” part of
Brazil, the northeastern state of Bahia has the country’s largest
Afro-descendant population and a black culture renowned for its
vibrancy. Combining insights from anthropology, sociology, and
cultural studies, Pinho considers how Afro-Bahian cultural
groups, known as blocos afro, conceive of Africanness, blackness,
and themselves in relation to both. Central to the book, and to
Bahian constructions of blackness, is what Pinho calls “the myth
of Mama Africa,” the idea that Africa exists as a nurturing
spirit inside every black person. Mama Africa is a translated,
updated, and expanded edition of an award-winning book published
in Brazil in 2004.

For more information, and to order the book directly from Duke

University Press, please visit
Amanda E. Sharp
Publicity and Marketing Assistant
Duke University Press
Box 90660
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 687-3650
(919) 688-4391 FAX
905 W. Main Street, Suite 18B 
Durham, NC 27701 

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