Commerce, Culture, and Community: African Brazilian Women Negotiating Their Social Economies
This chapter examines key routes of empowerment through which Afro-Brazilian women participate in order to gain social and economic control.
Afro-Brazilian women often participate in traditional and non-traditional industries that include cultural tourism in order to create and maintain environments of security and power. My study investigates the black women of Bahia, Brazil, as cultural archetypes of race and nation and their relationship to tourism. Despite the racial inequities and the misogynistic societal limits of women in the public space, Afro-Bahian women create agency through their community activism and take advantage of the momentum generated by the multifaceted wheels of tourism.
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