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Bringing together U.S. and Brazilian scholars, as well as Afro-Brazilian political activists, Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil represents a significant advance in understanding the complexities of racial difference in contemporary Brazilian society. While previous scholarship on this subject has been largely confined to quantitative and statistical research, editor Michael Hanchard presents a qualitative perspective from a variety of disciplines, including history, ...
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Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil

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Overview

Bringing together U.S. and Brazilian scholars, as well as Afro-Brazilian political activists, Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil represents a significant advance in understanding the complexities of racial difference in contemporary Brazilian society. While previous scholarship on this subject has been largely confined to quantitative and statistical research, editor Michael Hanchard presents a qualitative perspective from a variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, and cultural theory.
The contributors to Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil examine such topics as the legacy of slavery and its abolition, the historical impact of social movements, race-related violence, and the role of Afro-Brazilian activists in negotiating the cultural politics surrounding the issue of Brazilian national identity. These essays also provide comparisons of racial discrimination in the United States and Brazil, as well as an analysis of residential segregation in urban centers and its affect on the mobilization of blacks and browns. With a focus on racialized constructions of class and gender and
sexuality, Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil reorients the direction of Brazilian studies, providing new insights into Brazilian culture, politics, and race relations.
This volume will be of importance to a wide cross section of scholars engaged with Brazil in particular, and Latin American studies in general. It will also appeal to those invested in the larger issues of political and social movements centered on the issue of race.

Contributors
. Benedita da Silva, Nelson do Valle Silva, Ivanir dos Santos, Richard Graham, Michael Hanchard, Carlos Hasenbalg, Peggy A. Lovell, Michael Mitchell, Tereza Santos, Edward Telles, Howard Winant


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Editorial Reviews

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“In assembling this collection of essays, Michael Hanchard moves us beyond the traditional academic boundaries to underscore the relationship between theories and practices in Brazilian race relations.”—Anani Dzidzienyo, Brown University

“This volume is the most important collection of essays on contemporary Brazilian racial politics available to English readers since Pierre-Michel Fontaine’s Race, Class, and Power in Brazil. Specialists and general readers alike will profit from the scholarly essays and the testimonials from veteran Brazilian activists.”—Robert Anderson, North Carolina A&T State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822382539
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 613 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Hanchard is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, 1945–1988.

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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Introduction


Hanchard
Michael




Free African Brazilians and the State in Slavery Times


Graham
Richard




Black Cinderella? Race and the Public Sphere in Brazil


Hanchard
Michael




Ethnic Boundaries and Political Mobilization among African Brazilians: Comparisons with the U.S. Case


Telles
Edward E.




Racial Democracy and Racial Identity: Comparing the United States and Brazil


Winant
Howard




Miguel Reale and the Impact of Conservative Modernization on Brazilian Race Relations


Mitchell
Michael




Women and Racial Inequality at Work in Brazil


Lovell
Peggy A.




Notes on Racial and Political Inequality in Brazil


Hasenbalg
Carlos


Silva
Nelson do Valle




The Black Movement and Political Parties: A Challenging Alliance


Silva
Benedita da




My Conscience, My Struggle


Santos
Thereza




Blacks and Political Power


Santos
Ivanir dos




Contributors


Index

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