Blackness Without Ethnicity: Construction Race in Brazil [NOOK Book]

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Drawing on 15 years of research in Brazil, Suriname, and the Netherlands, Sansone explores the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares the more fluid, complex contemporary Latin American conceptions of race to US and European notions of race that are defined by clearly identifiable black-white ethnicities. Sansone argues that understanding more complex, ambiguous notions of culture and identity will expand international discourse on race and...
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Blackness Without Ethnicity: Construction Race in Brazil

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Overview

Drawing on 15 years of research in Brazil, Suriname, and the Netherlands, Sansone explores the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares the more fluid, complex contemporary Latin American conceptions of race to US and European notions of race that are defined by clearly identifiable black-white ethnicities. Sansone argues that understanding more complex, ambiguous notions of culture and identity will expand international discourse on race and move it away from American definitions that inadequately describe racial difference. He also explores the effects of globalization on constructions of race.

Author Biography: Livio Sansone is Vice Director of Centro de Estudos Afro-Asiaticos at Universidade Candido Mendes in Brazil.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Gilroy
...streets ahead of what is currently being published in the field.
Ed Telles
...ground-breaking work.
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“...streets ahead of what is currently being published in the field.” —Paul Gilroy, Yale University

“...ground-breaking work” —Ed Telles, UCLA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230258099
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/2/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 559 KB

Meet the Author

Livio Sansone is Vice Director of Centro de Estudos Afro-Asiaticos at Universidade Candido Mendes in Brazil, the largest research center on race in Brazil. He has published extensively on race and the construction of black identity in English, Dutch, and Portuguese.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Afro-Latin Paradox?: Ambiguous Ethnic Lines, Sharp Class Divisions, and Vital Black Culture 1
Ch. 1 Negro Parents, Black Children: Racial Classification in a Changing Brazil 21
Ch. 2 A Contested Icon: On the Use and Abuse of Africa in Elite and Popular Brazilian Culture 59
Ch. 3 The Local and the Global in Today's Afro-Bahia 95
Ch. 4 "Glocal" Funk in Bahia and in Rio: Local Interpretations of Black Globalization 111
Ch. 5 Being Black in Two Cities: Comparing Lower-Class Black Youth in Salvador and Amsterdam 141
Conclusion: The Place of Brazil in the Black Atlantic 165
Notes 201
Bibliography 223
Index 243
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