Racism in a Racial Democracy The Maintenance of White Supremacy in Brazil

ISBN-10: 0813523656
ISBN-13: 9780813523651
Edition: 1997
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In Racism in a Racial Democracy, France Winddance Twine asks why Brazilians, particularly Afro-Brazilians, continue to have faith in Brazil's "racial democracy" in the face of pervasive racism in all spheres of Brazilian life. Through a detailed ethnography, Twine provides a cultural analysis of the everyday discursive and material practices that sustain and naturalize white supremacy.This is the first ethnographic study of racism in southeastern Brazil to place the practices of upwardly mobile Afro-Brazilians at the center of analysis. Based on extensive field research and more than fifty life histories with Afro- and Euro-Brazilians, this book analyzes how Brazilians conceptualize and respond to racial disparities. Twine illuminates the obstacles Brazilian activists face when attempting to generate grassroots support for an antiracist movement among the majority of working class Brazilians. Anyone interested in racism and antiracism in Latin America will find this book compelling.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Vasalia: the Research Site
Conclusion
Mapping the Ideological Terrain of Racism: The Social, Sexual, Socioeconomic, and Semiotic Contours
Conclusion
Discourses in Defense of the Racial Democracy
Embranquecimento: Aesthetic Ideals and Resistance to Mesti�agem
Conclusion
Memory: White Inflation and Willful Forgetting
Conclusion
Strategic Responses to Racism Preserving White Supremacy
Conclusion
Interview Schedule
Biographical Data on Interviewees
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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