Samba as Representation of Brazilianness in the Popular Songs Rhetoric




Social Identity, Rhetoric, Social Representations, Popular Music, Nationalism


This article aims to examine the hegemonic representations of what is said “to be Brazilian”. It proposes the rhetorical analysis of the lyrics of a couple of Brazilian popular songs in order to present the psychosocial aspects that bring to light the representations of social identity. The statement of identity and symbolic bonds through musicality exposes the desirable of the groups who share their value. The construct of social identity linked to nationality is a belief reinforced by social practices which relies on the metaphor that defines Music as the “people’s soul”.


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Author Biographies

Claudia Helena Azevedo Alvarenga, Dra., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

Claudia Alvarenga is PhD and Master in Education from Universidade Estácio de Sá, undergraduated in Music Composition and Music Teaching from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays she is a music teacher at the Colégio de Aplicação of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the conductor of Coral da ASA. In her artistic activities, the works as singer, composer and arranger with the themes that cover ethnic songs, non-traditional use of voice and choral singing stand out. She develops works that include reflections on music, music education, discourse analysis and social psychology.

Tarso Bonilha Mazzotti, Prof. Dr., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

He holds a degree in Pedagogy from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (1972), a Master's degree in Education from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (1978) and a PhD in Education from Universidade de São Paulo (1987). Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2000). He is currently an associate researcher at the Carlos Chagas Foundation and associate professor at the Estácio de Sá University. He has experience in the area of Education, with emphasis on Philosophy of Education, working mainly on the following themes: social representations, rhetoric, philosophy of education, epistemology and social representation.




How to Cite

Alvarenga, Claudia Helena Azevedo, and Tarso Bonilha Mazzotti. 2019. “Samba As Representation of Brazilianness in the Popular Songs Rhetoric”. Per Musi, no. 39 (September):1-12.