Blackness Without Ethnicity: Constructing Race in Brazil

Blackness Without Ethnicity: Constructing Race in Brazil

Palgrave Macmillan
August 2003
256 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-312-29374-1, ISBN10: 0-312-29374-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-312-29375-8, ISBN10: 0-312-29375-5

Livio Sansone, Vice Director of Centro de Estudos Afro-Asiaticos
Universidade Candido Mendes in Brazil

Drawing on 15 years of research in Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Suriname, and the Netherlands, Livio Sansone explores the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares Latin American conceptions of race to US and European notions of race that are defined by clearly identifiable black-white ethnicities. Sansone argues that understanding more complex, ambiguous notions of culture and identity will expand international discourse on race and move it away from American definitions unable to describe racial difference. He also explores the effects of globalization on constructions of race.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: An Afro-Latin Paradox? Ambiguous Ethnic Lines, Sharp Class Divisions, and a Vital Black Culture
  • Negro Parents, Black Children: Work, Color, and Generational Differences
  • From Africa to Afro: Uses and Abuses of Africa in Brazil
  • The Local and Global in Today’s Afro-Bahia
  • Funk in Bahia and Rio: Local Versions of a Global Phenomena
  • The Internationalization of Black Culture: A Comparison of Lower-Class Youth in Brazil and the Netherlands
  • Conclusions: The Place of Brazil in the Black Atlantic
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