Books Reviewed e15 Smith, Christen A. Afro- Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil. Champaign, IL: U of Illinois P, 2016. xiv + 261 pp. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. In Afro- Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil, Christen A. Smith presents the results of her ethnographic/activist research project which she conducted for a number of years in the early 2000s in Bahia, a state where nearly eighty percent of the population self- de clare as Afro-des cendant. In par- ticular, her ethnographic narrative emerges from her direct interaction with Cu -l ture Shock, a local grassroot organization in Salvador that devises social activism strategies to mobilize and educate black disenfranchised communities, and R- e act or Die!, an anti- police violence/black genocide movement in the same city. In doing so, the book seeks to examine different tactics and strategies related to Brazil’s anti- black violence, including state terrorism, racial apartheid, and racial genocide. As an African American scholar, Smith chooses to adopt a politically engaged approach to anthropology, in which she intertwines critical research with hands-on activism, oen a ft ligning herself with the struggles lived and felt by working-c lass black Brazilians. Across the book, Smith departs from her
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