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Orpheus and Power:
The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil 1945-1988
Michael George Hanchard

Paperback | 1998 | $39.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691002705
216 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4
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From recent data on disparities between Brazilian whites and non-whites in areas of health, education, and welfare, it is clear that vast racial inequalities do exist in Brazil, contrary to earlier assertions in race relations scholarship that the country is a "racial democracy." Here Michael George Hanchard explores the implications of this increasingly evident racial inequality, highlighting Afro-Brazilian attempts at mobilizing for civil rights and the powerful efforts of white elites to neutralize such attempts. Within a neo-Gramscian framework, Hanchard shows how racial hegemony in Brazil has hampered ethnic and racial identification among non-whites by simultaneously promoting racial discrimination and false premises of racial equality.

Drawing from personal archives of and interviews with participants in the Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Hanchard presents a wealth of empirical evidence about Afro-Brazilian militants, comparing their effectiveness with their counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean in the post-World War II period. He analyzes, in comprehensive detail, the extreme difficulties experienced by Afro-Brazilian activists in identifying and redressing racially specific patterns of violation and discrimination. Hanchard argues that the Afro-American struggle to subvert dominant cultural forms and practices carries the danger of being subsumed by the contradictions that these dominant forms produce.


"Hanchard offers a host of imaginative theoretical possibilities that brings a new and welcome vigor to Afro-Brazilian studies."--Kim D. Butler, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A book rich in insight and full of striking detail.... Advocacy enlivens the book and makes it all the more important to both the specialist and to the general or classroom reader."--Richard Graham, American Journal of Sociology

"Hanchard's book constitutes an important contribution to the literature on Brazilian black organizations, notably through its interview-based account of the emergence of the [Movimento Negro], and the attempt to extend or complement the structuralist approach by highlighting cultural and ideological factors."--William Assies, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies


"This book will be well received both because of the timeliness of the topic and the novel way in which it is treated. Virtually nothing exists in English that deals carefully with first-hand, participant accounts as this work does. It is also an intriguing development of Gramscian theory as applied to racial/ethnic identity, organization, and conflict."--Lowell Gudmundson, Mount Holyoke College

Table of Contents:

Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Racial Hegemony
1 Racial Politics: Terms, Theory, Methodology 13
2 Brazilian Racial Politics: An Overview and Reconceptualization 31
3 Racial Democracy: Hegemony, Brazilian Style 43
Pt. 2 Negation and Contestation
4 Formations of Racial Consciousness 77
5 Movements and Moments 99
6 Racial, Politics, and National Commemorations: The Struggle for Hegemony 142
7 Conclusion 155
Notes 169
Appendix 189
Bibliography 191
Index 201

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