The concept of lusotropicalism inspired various stereotypes about Portugal and the Portuguese, namely the idea they were more adaptable to the tropics because of their alleged plasticity – materialized in an adaptation to different climates, mobility and the ability to miscegenate – and more successful colonizers than the rest of the Europeans. The maintenance and reproduction of lusotropicalism was supported by a set of national fantasies, which precluded the political disagreements that traversed colonial society. Those fantasies proliferated through the cultural realm, particularly in mass culture events that offered a fertile ground for interpreting and understanding the dissemination of lusotropicalism as an ‘imagined political community’. In this article I intend to forge new connections between the everyday politics of nationalism and the cultural politics of mass culture, seeking new forms to identify the ubiquity of nationalist discourses.
- Mass culture