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From Racial Mixture to Black Nation: Racialising Discourses in Brazil’s African Affairs

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-30
Journalbulletin of latin American research
Issue number1
Early online date30 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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The article links reflections about Brazilian race relations with institutional transnational dialogues between Brazil and ‘Africa’. I point out that although racial/cultural mixture and the ‘brown’ census category have traditionally reflected much of national identity in Brazil, Brazil today is increasingly spelling out its blackness, both on the national and international scenes. I highlight that, not by coincidence, this fact is happening at a historical moment when programmes of ‘black’ affirmative action and other differential politics in favour of Afro-descendants are taking off in the country, and also at a time when Brazil is expanding its geopolitical and economic interests in Africa.

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