Blackness Without Ethnicity: Race and Construction of Black Identity in Brazil

Blackness Without Ethnicity: Race and Construction of Black Identity in Brazil

by Livio Sansone
     
 

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Blackness Without Ethnicity draws on fifteen years of his research in Bahia, Rio Suriname, and Amsterdam. Sansone uses his findings to explore the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares these Latin American conceptions of race to dominate notions of race that are defined by a black-white…  See more details below

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Blackness Without Ethnicity draws on fifteen years of his research in Bahia, Rio Suriname, and Amsterdam. Sansone uses his findings to explore the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares these Latin American conceptions of race to dominate notions of race that are defined by a black-white polarity and clearly identifiable ethnicities, formulations he sees as highly influenced by the US and to a lesser degree Western Europe. Sansone argues that understanding more complex and ambiguous notions of culture and identity will expand the international discourse on race and move it away from American dominated notions that are not adequate to describe racial difference in other countries (and also in the countries where the notions originated). He also explores the effects of globalization on constructions of race.

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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

Sansone's book offers a fresh, unique, insightful, and highly controversial perspective... Taken together, the essays make a stron. case against the analytical ethno-centrism that characterizes much comparative work on race in Brazil. - Mara Loveman, American Journal of Sociology

Paul Gilroy
...streets ahead of what is currently being published in the field.
Ed Telles
...ground-breaking work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312293758
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

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

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