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Becoming Black Political SubjectsMovements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil$
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Tianna S. Paschel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169385

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169385.001.0001

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Black Movements in Colorblind Fields

Black Movements in Colorblind Fields

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(p.47) Chapter Three Black Movements in Colorblind Fields
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Becoming Black Political Subjects
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Tianna S. Paschel

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169385.003.0003

This chapter examines the ways in which black activists navigated the ideological terrain of the political fields of Colombia and Brazil. It considers the trajectories of black movements by drawing on secondary literature as well as the oral histories of black activists, focusing primarily on the two decades before recent ethno-racial reforms. In so doing, it gives texture to the many theoretical accounts of black consciousness in these political and ideological contexts. It also seeks to underscore the unlikelihood that, only a decade later, the Colombian and Brazilian states would adopt a host of ethno-racial policies. In so doing, it makes the analytic distinction between two different kinds of politics that might otherwise be conflated: mobilizing while black and mobilizing as blacks. This distinction is important for understanding not only the articulation of black movements but also the subsequent institutionalization of black political subjects in each case.

Keywords:   Latin America, Colombia, Brazil, black movements, black activists, black consciousness

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