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Bitches Unleashed

Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk

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Raquel Moreira

This book challenges white and Western feminist approaches to embodied politics, or the use of the body in everyday enactments of resistance, while mapping transgressive performances of femininities by the funkeiras, marginalized women and transfeminine people of color artists in Brazilian favela funk. Often studied from a white feminist perspective, embodied politics reflects debates about agency and structural change that are generally applicable to white women in the West. Concurrently, studies of femininity tend to universalize experiences of gender oppression encountered by white women to women across the globe. In this work, the author offers a transnational perspective on the performative force of embodied politics as a possible means to disrupt white, classist heteropatriarchal structures that oppress particularly poor women and transfeminine people of color in Brazil. This project has a threefold goal: first, it challenges the theoretical shortcomings of white feminist approaches to embodied politics, providing instead a transfeminista take on the concept. Secondly, this project aims to shed light on how traditional methodological approaches have hindered nuanced understandings of women and people of color and their performances. Third and finally, by challenging and re-envisioning the potential of embodied politics from a transnational perspective, the text intends to contribute to the field of critical intercultural communication’s growing but still limited research around bodies and performance, especially of those who are marginalized in global contexts.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Extract

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Introducing Bitches Unleashed

1.Femininities, Agency, and White Feminist Failures

2.“I Don’t Depend on Men for Shit!”: Favela Funk as Industry and Funkeiras’ Autonomy

3.Femininities on Display: Transgression and the Body in Performance

4.Negotiated Femininities: Relationships with Men and Other Funkeiras

5.Anti-Blackness and Racial Consciousness among Funkeiras

6.“Sit Down and Observe Your Own Destruction, Macho!”: Travesti Performances in Favela Funk

Beyond Survival: Funkeiras, Embodied Politics, and the Future of Feminism

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