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Urban Encounters: Affirmative Action and Black Identities in Brazilby Andre Cicalo
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Recently, racial policies have been introduced to favor of 'black' students in some public universities of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The implementation of racial policies has raised strong reaction in a country such as Brazil, where ideals of racial and cultural mixture are crucial components of national identity. Utilizing an ethnographic study of a public university and its users, Cicalo analyzes the practical and symbolic potential that affirmative action has to redress historically-produced and territorialized inequalities in the urban space. Due to the variety of users that racial and other social quotas have produced, this study allows for a broader discussion of current race and class relations.
University racial quotas have caused strong reactions in Brazil, where ideals of racial and cultural mixture are crucial components of national identity. Focusing on an in-depth ethnographic study of a Rio de Janeiro public university and its students, André Cicalo examines the practical and symbolic potential that affirmative action has to redress historically-produced and territorialized inequalities in the urban space. By engaging with the relevant literature on Brazilian race relations, this volume discloses novel considerations, crucial for a possible future reading of race relations, racial classification, and affirmative action in Brazil.
About the Author
André Cicalo is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at theFreie Universitätof Berlin. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
Toward an Ethnographic Study of Racial Quotas for 'Black' Students in the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro *Dreams and Hard Places: Main Settings and Socioeconomic Profile of Quota Students *Race Between the Class Rows: Urban Encounters and Dis-Encounters in the Changing University Space *From Race or Color to Race and Color? Ethnography beyond Official Discourses *Narrowing Political Gaps: Black Awareness and University Education as Ways to be 'Central'
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