Terms of Inclusion Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil

by Paulina L. Alberto

Terms of Inclusion Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil Synopsis

In this history of black thought and racial activism in twentieth-century Brazil, Paulina Alberto demonstrates that black intellectuals, and not just elite white Brazilians, shaped discourses about race relations and the cultural and political terms of inclusion in their modern nation. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including the prolific black press of the era, and focusing on the influential urban centers of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador da Bahia, Alberto traces the shifting terms that black thinkers used to negotiate their citizenship over the course of the century, offering fresh insight into the relationship between ideas of race and nation in modern Brazil. Alberto finds that black intellectuals' ways of engaging with official racial discourses changed as broader historical trends made the possibilities for true inclusion appear to flow and then recede. These distinct political strategies, Alberto argues, were nonetheless part of black thinkers' ongoing attempts to make dominant ideologies of racial harmony meaningful in light of evolving local, national, and international politics and discourse. Terms of Inclusion tells a new history of the role of people of color in shaping and contesting the racialized contours of citizenship in twentieth-century Brazil. |In this history of black thought and racial activism in twentieth-century Brazil, Paulina Alberto demonstrates that black intellectuals, and not just elite white Brazilians, shaped discourses about race relations and the cultural and political terms of inclusion in their modern nation.

Terms of Inclusion Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil Press Reviews

This book is truly an important work. It will no doubt take its place as one of the standard sources on the history of black activism in Brazil.--The Americas Terms of Inclusion provides the rich historical context of black activism and identity struggles and should be read thoroughly by anyone interested in Brazilian history, contemporary debates over affirmative action policies in Brazil, or comparative race relations between the United States and Brazil.--HAHR

Book Information

ISBN: 9780807871713
Publication date: 15th March 2011
Author: Paulina L. Alberto
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Social classes,

About Paulina L. Alberto

Paulina L. Alberto is assistant professor of history, Spanish, and Portuguese at the University of Michigan.

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