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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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The Multicultural Alignment

The Multicultural Alignment

(p.81) Chapter Four The Multicultural Alignment
Becoming Black Political Subjects

Tianna S. Paschel

Princeton University Press

This chapter shows how black activists in both Colombia and Brazil lodged a robust set of demands with their respective states during the period of political instability and reform. On the one hand, urban-based movements in both countries made claims to inclusion and equality and fought for inclusionary affirmative action-type policies. On the other hand, rural black movements came to articulate their demands in the discourse of difference and autonomy in ways that mirrored the emergent requirements of global multicultural citizenship; at the same time, their discourse reflected the similarities between their material realities and those of indigenous communities. Indeed, both groups were concerned with territory and the imminent threat of dispossession posed by a number of actors, including domestic and foreign capital. Yet in both countries, the process of constitutional reform systematically narrowed these demands, such that black rights took on a much more specific character of cultural protection and geographic concentration.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, Latin America, Colombia, Brazil, social movements, inclusion, equality, black movements, constitutional reform

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