Afro-Descendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-01
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Indigenous people and African descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean have long been affected by a social hierarchy established by elites, through which some groups were racialized and others were normalized. Far from being "racial paradises" populated by an amalgamated "cosmic race" of mulattos and mestizos, Latin America and the Caribbean have long been sites of shifting exploitative strategies and ideologies, ranging from scientific racism and eugenics to the more sophisticated official denial of racism and ethnic difference. This book, among the first to focus on African descendants in the region, brings together diverse reflections from scholars, activists, and funding agency representatives working to end racism and promote human rights in the Americas. By focusing on the ways racism inhibits agency among African descendants and the ways African-descendant groups position themselves in order to overcome obstacles, this interdisciplinary book provides a multi-faceted analysis of one of the gravest contemporary problems in the Americas.

Author Biography

Bernd Reiter is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of South Florida and has worked as a social worker and NGO consultant in Colombia and Brazil. Kimberly Eison Simmons is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. She is also past president of the Association of Black Anthropologists.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. vii
Itroductionp. xiii
The Black Atlantic Reexamined
Building Black Diaspora Networks and Meshworks for Knowledge, Justice, Peace, and Human Rightsp. 3
Pan-Afro-Latin African Americanism Revisited: Legacies and Lessons for Transnational Alliances in the New Millenniump. 19
Double-Consciousness and Black Identity-Globalized
Haitians in the Dominican Republic: Race, Politics, and Neoliberalismp. 51
Navigating the Racial Terrain: Blackness and Mixedness in the United States and the Dominican Republicp. 67
Negotiating Blackness within the Multicultural State in Latin America: Creole Politics and Identify in Nicaraguap. 93
Ethnic Identity and Political Mobilization: The Afro-Colombian Casep. 113
The Grammar of Color Identity in Brazilp. 141
Racism in ˘Raceless÷ Societies and the State the Difficulties of Addressing What Ought not Exist
Afro-Colombian Welfare: An Application of Amartya Sen's Capability Approach Using Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes Modeling (MIMIC)p. 179
Racism in a Racialized Democracy and Support for Affirmative Action Policy in Salvador and SŃo Paulo, Brazilp. 207
Afro-Descendant Peoples and Public Policies: The Network of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Womenp. 231
Migration, Diasporas, and the Importance of Local Knowledge
Decolonizing the Imaging of African-Derived Religionsp. 243
Neoliberal Dilemmas: Diaspora, Displacement, and Development in Buenos Airesp. 269
Pluralizing Racep. 291
Conclusionp. 303
Contributorsp. 311
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