Blackness without Ethnicity

Constructing Race in Brazil

  • Authors
  • Livio Sansone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Livio Sansone
    Pages 1-19
  3. Livio Sansone
    Pages 21-58
  4. Livio Sansone
    Pages 59-93
  5. Livio Sansone
    Pages 111-140
  6. Livio Sansone
    Pages 141-163
  7. Livio Sansone
    Pages 165-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-248

About this book


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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