From Sea-Bathing to Beach-Going
318 pages, 6 x 9
32 halftones, 3 maps, 2 tables
Release Date:15 Apr 2022
Release Date:15 Apr 2022

From Sea-Bathing to Beach-Going

A Social History of the Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

University of New Mexico Press

In From Sea-Bathing to Beach-Going B. J. Barickman explores how a narrow ocean beachfront neighborhood and the distinctive practice of beach-going invented by its residents in the early twentieth century came to symbolize a city and a nation. Nineteenth-century Cariocas (residents of Rio) ostensibly practiced sea-bathing for its therapeutic benefits, but the bathing platforms near the city center and the rocky bay shore of Flamengo also provided places to see and be seen. Sea-bathing gave way to beach-going and sun-tanning in the new beachfront neighborhood of Copacabana in the 1920s. This study reveals the social and cultural implications of this transformation and highlights the distinctive changes to urban living that took place in the Brazilian capital. Deeply informed by scholarship about race, class, and gender, as well as civilization and modernity, space, the body, and the role of the state in shaping urban development, this work provides a major contribution to the social and cultural history of Rio de Janeiro and to the history of leisure.

The late B. J. Barickman's long-rumored and much-anticipated book on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro more than lives up to expectations. It challenges assumptions and reframes the iconic sands of the Cidade Maravilhosa in a compelling blend of social and cultural history.'--Zephyr L. Frank, author of Reading Rio de Janeiro: Literature and Society in the Nineteenth Century
B. J. Barickman (1958-2016) was an associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Arizona. While he began his research career as a scholar of Bahia's sugar-plantation economy, he later turned his interests to urban Rio de Janeiro's society and culture. His previous works include A Bahian Counterpoint: Sugar, Tobacco, Cassava, and Slavery in the Recôncavo, 1780-1860. Hendrik Kraay is a professor of history at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Days of National Festivity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1823-1889. Bryan McCann is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

List of Illustrations
Hendrik Kraay
A Note on Orthography and Currency

Chapter One. "A Carioca Custom": Sea-Bathing in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Chapter Two. Only on Doctors' Orders? Sea-Bathing as Medical Treatment, Sport, and Recreation
Chapter Three. Dreaming of a Brazilian Biarritz: Social Geography and the Beaches
Chapter Four. From Albert I to Prince George: The Rise of Beach-Going
Chapter Five. Measuring Maillots and Chasing Shirtless Men: The Police and the Beaches
Epilogue. Beach-Going in the Zona Sul, 1950s-1980s
Bryan McCann


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