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Title:Uma questao de identidade: respostas intelectuais as transformaçoes economicas no seio da elite Crioula da Angola Portuguesa entre 1870 e 1930
Author:Dias, Jill R.ISNI
Periodical:Revista internacional de estudos Africanos
Geographic terms:Angola
Abstract:Portuguese translation of an English paper, presented at an international conference held at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, 7-10 April 1983. The essay explores the cultural and political ambiguities of the response by Angolan Creoles to economic reverses and their progressive marginalization within the colonial society between the 1870s and 1930s. In this period, the picture of a small Creole elite led by a network of 'feudal' oligarchies based on inherited wealth gave way to one composed predominantly of petty clerks and shopkeepers, poorly paid and with limited means of social control. A handful of educated Creoles reacted to this situation by self-conscious attempts to assert an 'Angolan' identity. Yet they were increasingly dependent materially, as well as psychologically, upon Portugal. Moreover internal divisions related to socio-cultural and racial differences within the Creole elite proved increasingly disintegrative of its corporate unity in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Notes.