Brazil's New Racial Politics

Brazil's New Racial Politics

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As the popular myth of racial equality in Brazil crumbles beneath the weight of current grassroots politics, how will the country redefine itself as a multiethnic nation? ""Brazil's New Racial Politics"" captures the myriad questions and problems unleashed by a growing awareness of the ways racism structures Brazilian society. The authors bridge the gap between scholarship and activism as they tackle issues ranging from white privilege to black power, from government policy to popular advocacy, and from historical injustices to recent victories. The result is a rich exploration of the conflicting social realities characterizing Brazil today, as well as their far-reaching political implications.
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  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 20mm | 480.81g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588266664
  • 9781588266668
  • 2,564,749

Table of contents

Foreword - Michael Mitchell. The New Politics of Race in Brazil - the Editors. Black Empowerment and White Privilege. Whiteness as Capital: Constructing Inclusion and Defending Privilege - B. Reiter. Politicizing Blackness: Afro-Brazilian Color Identification and Candidate Preference - G.L. Mitchell. Out of Place: The Experience of the Black Middle-Class - A. Figueiredo. The Political Shock of the Year: The Press and the Election of a Black Mayor in Sao Paulo - C.L.P. Oliveira. Affirmative Action Contested. Affirmative Action and Identity - S. Racusen. Opportunities and Challenges for the Afro-Brazilian Movement - M.T. Gonzalez. The New Politics of Black Power. Racialized History and Urban Politics: Black Women's Wisdom in Grassroots Struggles - K.Y. Perry. Black NGOs and ""Conscious"" Rap: New Agents of the Antiracism Struggle in Brazil - S.A. dos Santos. Power and Black Organizing in Brazil - F. Conceicao. New Social Activism: University Entry Courses for the Black and Poor - R.E. dos Santos. Conclusion. After the Racial Democracy - the Editors.
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"This informative, wide-ranging, and stimulating collection provides a critical look at the grassroots of Afro-Brazilian politics. Invaluable." - David Covin, California State University, Sacramento "Excellent.... Gathering together a broad spectrum of current political debates about the role of race in shaping national identity, this unique volume forcefully debunks Brazil's foundational myth of racial democracy with solid research and data." - Leni M. Silverstein, LMS Strategies for Development and New York University"
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About Bernd Reiter

Bernd Reiter is assistant professor of political science at the University of South Florida. Gladys L. Mitchell is a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University.
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