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Getting RespectResponding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel$
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Michèle Lamont, Graziella Moraes Silva, Jessica S. Welburn, Joshua Guetzkow, Nissim Mizrachi, Hanna Herzog, and Elisa Reis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183404

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183404.001.0001

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(p.123) Chapter 3 Brazil
Getting Respect

Michèle Lamont

Graziella Moraes Silva

Jessica S. Welburn

Joshua Guetzkow

Nissim Mizrachi

Hanna Herzog

Elisa Reis

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the experiences and responses of Black Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro to stigmatization and discrimination. It first provides background information to place the interviewees in their historical and socioeconomic context, taking into account race relations in Brazil as well as the legacy of slavery, the rise and fall of racial democracy, and racial inequality and segregation in the country. It then considers the ethnoracial groupness of Black Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro, with a focus on self-identification and group boundaries, before discussing the ways in which the group struggles with what they perceive as a subtle or masked racism and how they experience specific incidents of stigmatization and discrimination. The chapter also analyzes how Black Brazilians respond to ethnoracial exclusion and what they view as the best responses from a normative perspective. Finally, it explains how the patterns of those experiences and responses can be accounted for.

Keywords:   discrimination, Black Brazilians, Rio de Janeiro, stigmatization, race relations, groupness, self-identification, group boundaries, racism, ethnoracial exclusion

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