Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Cicalo's work is highly original and is the most thoughtful treatment of university quotas in Brazil yet written. This perspective is of considerable importance because of the light it sheds on the process as it is unfolding on the ground and in real time. His ideas for policy implications are interesting and suggestive." - John Burdick, professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
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 the desiguALdades research network at Freie Universität in Berlin. After starting a career in international development, he pursued postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester. He is the author of several articles about affirmative action in Brazil as well as the ethnographic documentary Memories on the Edge of Oblivion about the legacy of slavery in the urban space of Rio de Janeiro.
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'