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

Co-Winner of the 2017 Herbert Jacob Book Award, Law and Society Association

Hardcover | 2016 | $39.50 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691169385
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After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. In addition to symbolic recognition of indigenous peoples and black populations, governments in the region created a more pluralistic model of citizenship and made significant reforms in the areas of land, health, education, and development policy. Becoming Black Political Subjects explores this shift from color blindness to ethno-racial legislation in two of the most important cases in the region: Colombia and Brazil.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, Tianna Paschel shows how, over a short period, black movements and their claims went from being marginalized to become institutionalized into the law, state bureaucracies, and mainstream politics. The strategic actions of a small group of black activists—working in the context of domestic unrest and the international community's growing interest in ethno-racial issues—successfully brought about change. Paschel also examines the consequences of these reforms, including the institutionalization of certain ideas of blackness, the reconfiguration of black movement organizations, and the unmaking of black rights in the face of reactionary movements.

Becoming Black Political Subjects offers important insights into the changing landscape of race and Latin American politics and provokes readers to adopt a more transnational and flexible understanding of social movements.

Tianna S. Paschel is assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Becoming Black Political Subjects adroitly crosses disciplines to parse out the legal, ideational, and institutional implications of black political mobilization in Colombia and Brazil. Tianna Paschel ferrets out the tensions between activists and organizations identified with state power on the one hand, and more popular forms of consciousness raising and mobilization on the other. Conceptually innovative, methodologically rigorous, and wide-ranging, this book is an extraordinary piece of scholarship."--Michael Hanchard, University of Pennsylvania

"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

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Table of Contents:

List of Organizations vii
1 Political Field Alignments 1
2 Making Mestizajes 28
3 Black Movements in Colorblind Fields 47
4 The Multicultural Alignment 81
5 The Racial Equality Alignment 117
6 Navigating the Ethno-Racial State 153
7 Unmaking Black Political Subjects 189
8 Rethinking Race, Rethinking Movements 220
Methodological Appendix 239
Notes 249
References 279
Acknowledgments 297
Index 303

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