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Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil by Michael Hanchard
  

Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil

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Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil by Michael Hanchard

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

Reviews

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 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


About 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 Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 1999

Author

Michael Hanchard

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Publisher

Duke University Press

Format

Paperback
232 pages

Categories


Physical anthropology
Social issues & processes
Political science & theory

ISBN

9780822322726

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