Blackness Without Ethnicity: Constructing Race in Brazil

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Palgrave Macmillan, Aug 2, 2003 - History - 248 pages
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Blackness Without Ethnicity draws on fifteen years of his research in Bahia, Rio Suriname, and Amsterdam. Sansone uses his findings to explore the very different ways that race and ethnicity are constructed in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. He compares these Latin American conceptions of race to dominate notions of race that are defined by a black-white polarity and clearly identifiable ethnicities, formulations he sees as highly influenced by the US and to a lesser degree Western Europe. Sansone argues that understanding more complex and ambiguous notions of culture and identity will expand the international discourse on race and move it away from American dominated notions that are not adequate to describe racial difference in other countries (and also in the countries where the notions originated). He also explores the effects of globalization on constructions of race.

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LIVIO SANSONE is Vice Director of the Centro de Estudos Afro-Asiaticos at the Universidade Candido Mendes in Brazil. This is the largest research center on race in Brazil. He has published extensively on race and the construction of black identity in English, Dutch, and Portuguese.