Pedro David Gomes
Leisure in Colonial Luanda (1961-1975)
Nuno Domingos (ICS, ULisboa)
Marcelo Bittencourt (UFF)
In the socially and racially stratified but in an accelerated process of urbanization and modernization, society of late colonialism as Luanda was at that time, this paper aimes to answer three questions: How did leisure practices - from asphalts to musseques - determine processes of exclusion, interrelation or social (racial, classist, nationalist, cosmopolitan, etc.) social ties?
How did colonial policies regarding leisure and the city influence the daily lives of people, clubs and dance halls?
In the context of urban 'colonial legality', what meanings (and how to interpret them) have, over time, expressed expressive dynamics, conflicts, appropriations and forms of resistance that have been formed in the field of leisure - circulation, practices and consumption of popular culture, in particular music, cinema, literature and sport (football and motorsports)?
To this end, the methodology used was based on several types of sources: documentary and archival; newspapers and audiovisual sources; and, mainly, the accomplishment of comprehensive interviews.