Blackness without Ethnicity: Constructing Race in Brazil by L. Sansone

By L. Sansone

Blackness with out Ethnicity attracts on fifteen years of his examine in Bahia, Rio Suriname, and Amsterdam. Sansone makes use of his findings to discover the very alternative ways that race and ethnicity are built in Brazil and the remainder of Latin the US. He compares those Latin American conceptions of race to dominate notions of race which are outlined by way of a black-white polarity and obviously identifiable ethnicities, formulations he sees as hugely motivated by way of the U.S. and to a lesser measure Western Europe. Sansone argues that figuring out extra advanced and ambiguous notions of tradition and id will extend the overseas discourse on race and movement it clear of American ruled notions that aren't enough to explain racial distinction in different nations (and additionally within the nations the place the notions originated). He additionally explores the results of globalization on buildings of race.

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The first period in Bahia, between the end of slavery in 1888 and the 1930s, had an economy that was relatively static, and minimal industrial employment concentrated in the south and southeast of the country, which attracted mass immigration from Europe. This combined to produce a labor market that allowed for little social mobility for blacks in Bahia. 170 Notes: —*In the 1970 Census no data on color was collected. —*No data available for the RSM in 1940, because the city of Salvador still comprised one single census unit as part of the Recôncavo region.

The fact that most parents were employed, even holding more than one job, whereas most children were better educated but still unemployed, led to a situation where the former had some money but little time to relax, while the latter had little money but plenty of time on their hands. The under–25 year olds had a NEGRO PARENTS, BLACK CHILDREN / 35 different attitude toward work. They were waiting for a “proper” job” that did not really exist for them (they had neither the manual skills of their parents nor the more advanced diplomas required to obtain the modern jobs).

For the study of color among individuals, I used both the self-identification of the respondent and the opinion of the researcher. Through the use of questions about the respondent’s family, his/her four best friends, and his/her neighbors, I have tried to map the system of NEGRO PARENTS, BLACK CHILDREN / 39 racial classification (Sansone 1992a). 5 Terms Employed in the Self-Identification of Color Caminho de Areia Absolute Number 1. Moreno 2. Pardo 3. White 4. Preto 5. Negro 6. Dark 7. Light Moreno 8.

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