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Becoming Black Political Subjects:
Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil
Tianna S. Paschel

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"A pathbreaking study of political change, Becoming Black Political Subjects puts the dynamics of cultural and institutional group recognition on center stage. Paschel innovatively weaves a close analysis of transnational processes into two beautifully executed national case studies. Her book is a game changer in the rapidly growing field of comparative racial analysis."--Michèle Lamont, coauthor of Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel

"In the last few years, countries like Brazil and Colombia have adopted affirmative ethno-racial policies that just two decades ago would have seemed unthinkable. How did this sudden change come about? And what are its consequences for the activists and individuals that mobilized around racial justice? Timely, provocative, and rigorous, Becoming Black Political Subjects sheds light on these topics and more. This groundbreaking book is political sociology at its best."--Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University

"This carefully argued, deeply researched book maps the dramatic transformation of an older model of Latin American nationalism--predicated in part on disprivileging black subjects--to a model seeking racial equality. Tianna Paschel takes an extensive look at how black activist communities in Colombia and Brazil shifted these states from a regime of universal rights refusing black political claims to one recognizing them. Her fine work exemplifies new directions in scholarship regarding race and racism in Latin America and beyond."--David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine

"In this book, Paschel offers nothing less than the most comprehensive and theoretically sophisticated account currently available of contemporary racial politics in Brazil and Columbia. Paschel's direct, sustained, and multidimensional comparison of these two countries provides important and fascinating insights and informs our general understanding of the constraints and opportunities facing a growing number of ethno-racial movements across the region."--Mara Loveman, University of California, Berkeley

"This book compares how blackness has been defined and institutionalized politically in Brazil and Colombia. It makes an important contribution to the study of race and ethnicity in Latin America, as well as to debates in the social sciences about the links between social movements, the state, and the international context."--Luisa Schwartzman, University of Toronto

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