Coelho, Ruy (1920-1990)
Brazilian anthropologist Ruy Coelho (1920-1990) is a forgotten figure in the history of anthropology. After studying philosophy and social and political sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP) between 1938 and 1942, he became a graduate student at Northwestern University in 1945, under the guidance of Melville J. Herskovits. His doctoral thesis, titled “The Black Carib of Honduras: A Study in Acculturation”, was the result of field research in Honduras among the Garifuna, or black Caribs. After working for two years in the Race Relations Sector of UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences, he returned to Brazil in 1952. Following its translation into Spanish in the early 1980s, Coelho’s pioneering study on the Garifuna became an indispensable reference in Honduras and beyond.
Keywords: Ethnography | Brazil | Honduras | African-American studies | Acculturation | Race relations | Melville Herskovits | UNESCO
“Um culturalista brasileiro em Honduras: a antropologia ‘deslocada’ de Ruy Coelho”
Rodrigo Ramassote, 2022
Não é tarefa das mais simples situar a posição ocupada por Ruy Coelho (1920-1990) no interior da história da antropologia no Brasil. Ao contrário da consagração e do renome assegurados em Honduras, onde a tradução de sua tese de doutorado sobre os garífunas (etnônimo pelo qual atualmente se designam (...)
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