Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

AfroPolitics_and_Civil_Society_in_Salvador_de_Bahia_Brazil_RGB.jpg“Powerfully illustrates that Bahia has a vibrant black political history worthy of documentation, re-centering the scholarship on race and politics to the northeast where the black population is the majority.”—Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, author of Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil
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“English-language work has rarely paid such attention to discourses in Afro-Brazilian communities on civil society inclusion and the process of democratization. This book is a significant contribution to understanding that movement for change and social justice.”—Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House

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Brazil’s black population, one of the oldest and largest in the Americas, mobilized a vibrant antiracism movement from grassroots origins when the country transitioned from dictatorship to democracy in the 1980s. Campaigning for political equality after centuries of deeply engrained racial hierarchies, African-descended groups have been working to unlock democratic spaces that were previously closed to them.
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Using the city of Salvador as a case study, Kwame Dixon tracks the emergence of black civil society groups and their political projects: claiming new citizenship rights, testing new anti-discrimination and affirmative action measures, reclaiming rural and urban land, and increasing political representation. This book is one of the first to explore how Afro-Brazilians have influenced politics and democratic institutions in the contemporary period.


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Kwame Dixon is assistant professor of African American studies at Syracuse University. He is coeditor of Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America.

 

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One Comment on “Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil”

  1. March 11, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Reblogged this on msamba.

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