This Dissertation examines the Brazilian restaurants of New York City as spaces for the construction and reconstruction of Brazilian cultural identities, in a context of international migration and transnationalism. I observe the language functions, consumption patterns, and social networks of Brazilian immigrants who are constantly repositioned as ethnic, racialized, and sexualized. The new forms of production of late modernity, supported by advances in technology, have allowed the development of transnational businesses and the diffusion of Brazilian culture. While all Brazilian immigrants are engaged in the producing new narratives of the nation, only the elite among these immigrants are in a position to circulate their versions of Brazilian-ness, this making them become hegemonic. This study situates itself within the debates surrounding identity and migration, building upon and expanding the literature on globalization and transnationalism.
|Advisor:||Pinho, Patricia S.|
|School:||State University of New York at Albany|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Womens studies, Latin American Studies, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Brazilian, Gender, Globalization, Identities, Migration, New York City, Race, Restaurants, Transnationalism|
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