Neither Enemies nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos / Edition 1

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In this collection, leading scholars focus on the contemporary meanings and diverse experiences of blackness in specific countries of the hemisphere, including the United States. The anthology introduces new perspectives on comparative forms of racialization in the Americas and presents its implications both for Latin American societies, and for Latinos' relations with African Americans in the U.S. Contributors address issues such as: Who are the Afro-Latin Americans? What historical contributions do they bring to their respective national polities? What happens to their national and socio-racial identities as a result of migration to the United States? What is the impact of the growing presence of Afro-Latin Americans within U.S. Latino populations, particularly with respect to the continuing dynamics of racialization in the United States today? And, more generally, what are the prospects and obstacles for rethinking alliances and coalition-building between and among racial(ized) minorities and other groups in contemporary U.S. society?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Extremely urgent for studies of comparative race relations..."—Jossiana Aroyo, University of Michigan
"A significant and much-needed contribution to study of Afro-Latino issues, and to the comparative study of 'race' and racial formations and transformations in the US today."—Lourdes Martinez-Echazabal, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Timely and path-breaking. This book will be welcomed by all those interested in race, multiculturalism, transnationalism and diaspora in the Americas."—Peter Wade, University of Manchester
"This book is a precious tool for students of Afro-Latino and Latino Studies."—Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães, Universidade de São Paulo
"Neither Enemies nor Friends is absolutely one of the most outstanding, exciting and well-written collections of essays on the issue of race relations that I have read in a long time. The volume coherently explores the multifaceted dimensions of relations between and among Latinos, Blacks and Afro-Latinos, in a refreshing and unsurpassed manner. Without question, this volume constitutes one of the most unique and formidable compilations of writings on the topic, within the field of Latino and Latin-American Studies."—Antonia Darder, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Latino Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965684
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/2/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,009,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Oboler is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Founding Editor of the journal Latino Studies (Palgrave). Anani Dzidzienyo is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Comparative Racialization in the Americas
• Flows and Counterflows: Latinas/os, Blackness, and Racialization in Hemispheric Perspective—Suzanne Oboler and Anani Dzidzienyo
Part II: The Politics of Racialization in Latin America
• A Region in Denial: Racial Discrimination and Racism in Latin America—Ariel E. Dulitzky
• Afro-Ecuadorian Responses to Racism: Between Citizenship and Corporatism—Carlos de la Torre
• The Foreignness of Racism: Pride and Prejudice Among Peru’s Limeños in the 1990s—Suzanne Oboler
• Bad Boys and Peaceful Garifuna: Transnational Encounters Between Racial Stereotypes of Honduras and the United States (and Their Implications for the Study of Race in the Americas)—Mark Anderson
• Afro-Mexico: Blacks, Indígenas, Politics, and the Greater Diaspora—Bobby Vaughn
• The Changing World of Brazilian Race Relations?—Anani Dzidzienyo
Part III: The Politics of Racialization in the United States
• Framing the Discussion of African American–Latino Relations: A Review and Analysis—John J. Betancur
• Neither White nor Black: The Representation of Racial Identity Among Puerto Ricans on the Island and in the U.S. Mainland—Jorge Duany
• Scripting Race, Finding Place: African Americans, Afro-Cubans, and the Diasporic Imaginary in the United States—Nancy Raquel Mirabal
• Identity, Power, and Socioracial Hierarchies Among Haitian Immigrants in Florida—Louis Herns Marcelin
• Interminority Relations in Legislative Settings: The Case of African Americans and Latinos—José E. Cruz
• African American and Latina/o Cooperation in Challenging Racial Profiling—Kevin R. Johnson
• Racial Politics in Multiethnic America: Black and Latina/o Identities and Coalitions—Mark Sawyer
• Racism in the Americas and the Latino Scholar—Silvio Torres-Saillant
• Witnessing History: An Octogenarian Reflects on Fifty Years of African American–Latino Relations—Nelson Peery

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