Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay

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Andrews offers a comprehensive history of Afro-Uruguayans from the colonial period to the present. Showing how social and political mobilization is intertwined with candombe, he traces the development of Afro-Uruguayan racial discourse and argues that candombe's evolution as a central part of the nation's culture has not fundamentally helped the cause of racial equality. Incorporating descriptions of his own experiences as a member of a candombe drumming and performance group, Andrews connects the struggles of ...
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Overview

Andrews offers a comprehensive history of Afro-Uruguayans from the colonial period to the present. Showing how social and political mobilization is intertwined with candombe, he traces the development of Afro-Uruguayan racial discourse and argues that candombe's evolution as a central part of the nation's culture has not fundamentally helped the cause of racial equality. Incorporating descriptions of his own experiences as a member of a candombe drumming and performance group, Andrews connects the struggles of Afro-Uruguayans to the broader issues of race, culture, gender, and politics throughout Latin America and the African diaspora.
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"It is striking how seamlessly Andrews integrates diverse sources into this fascinating history."--Hispanic American Historical Review

"A fabulous read . . . . Andrews is a superb comparativist, and in his hands, the story of a small black population in a small country--far from being a curiosity or mere footnote to Afro-Latin American history--sheds new light on the specificity and contingency of patterns of racial formation and mobilization across the region."--The Americas

"Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay, offers a refreshingly nuanced and successful statement on the continuing importance of nation-specific analyses in the study of blackness and black history."--H-Net Reviews

"[An] engagingly written, creative, and politically relevant study."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A valuable contribution to the broader history of the African presence in Latin America which has gathered considerable momentum in recent years."--Latin American Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807871584
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,129,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George Reid Andrews is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

1 This Noble Race Has Glorious Aspirations, 1830-1920 21

2 Remembering Africa: Comparsas and Candombe, 1870-1950 50

3 The New Negros, 1920-1960 85

4 Today Everyone Dances Candombe, 1950-2010 112

5 Dictatorship and Democracy, 1960-2010 141

Glossary 175

Notes 177

Bibliography 215

Index 233

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