Neither Enemies Nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos

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Anani Dzidzienyo, Suzanne Oboler
Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 2, 2005 - Education - 323 pages
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In this collection, leading scholars focus on the contemporary meanings and diverse experiences of blackness in specific countries of the hemisphere, including the United States. The anthology introduces new perspectives on comparative forms of racialization in the Americas and presents its implications both for Latin American societies, and for Latinos' relations with African Americans in the U.S. Contributors address issues such as: Who are the Afro-Latin Americans? What historical contributions do they bring to their respective national polities? What happens to their national and socio-racial identities as a result of migration to the United States? What is the impact of the growing presence of Afro-Latin Americans within U.S. Latino populations, particularly with respect to the continuing dynamics of racialization in the United States today? And, more generally, what are the prospects and obstacles for rethinking alliances and coalition-building between and among racial(ized) minorities and other groups in contemporary U.S. society?

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Suzanne Oboler is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Founding Editor of the journal Latino Studies (Palgrave). Anani Dzidzienyo is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University.