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Shifting identities in the Brazilian restaurants of New York City
by Lopes, Thely Carvalho, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2010, 350; 3430559
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 3430559
ISBN: 978-1-124-30337-6
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