By Michael George Hanchard
From contemporary info on disparities among Brazilian whites and non-whites in parts of healthiness, schooling, and welfare, it truly is transparent that huge racial inequalities do exist in Brazil, opposite to prior assertions in race kin scholarship that the rustic is a "racial democracy." right here Michael George Hanchard explores the results of this more and more glaring racial inequality, highlighting Afro-Brazilian makes an attempt at mobilizing for civil rights and the strong efforts of white elites to neutralize such makes an attempt. inside of a neo-Gramscian framework, Hanchard indicates how racial hegemony in Brazil has hampered ethnic and racial id between non-whites by means of concurrently selling racial discrimination and fake premises of racial equality.
Drawing from own records of and interviews with individuals within the Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Hanchard offers a wealth of empirical proof approximately Afro-Brazilian militants, evaluating their effectiveness with their opposite numbers in sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S., and the Caribbean within the post-World battle II interval. He analyzes, in accomplished aspect, the extraordinary problems skilled by way of Afro-Brazilian activists in deciding on and redressing racially particular styles of violation and discrimination. Hanchard argues that the Afro-American fight to subvert dominant cultural kinds and practices incorporates the chance of being subsumed by means of the contradictions that those dominant types produce.
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