The Sorcery of Color: Identity, Race, and Gender in Brazil

The Sorcery of Color: Identity, Race, and Gender in Brazil

by Elisa Larkin Nascimento

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Originally published in 2003 in Portuguese, The Sorcery of Color argues that there are longstanding and deeply-rooted relationships between racial and gender inequalities in Brazil. In this pioneering book, Elisa Larkin Nascimento examines the social and cultural movements that have attempted, since the early twentieth century, to challenge and eradicate these conjoined inequalities.

The book's title describes the social sleight-of-hand that disguises the realities of Brazilian racial inequity. According to Nascimento, anyone who speaks of racism—or merely refers to another person as black—traditionally is seen as racist. The only acceptably non-racist attitude is silence. At the same time, Afro-Brazilian culture and history have been so overshadowed by the idea of a general "Brazilian identity" that to call attention to them is also to risk being labeled racist.

Incorporating leading international scholarship on Pan Africanism and Afrocentric philosophy with the writing of Brazilian scholars, Nascimento presents a compelling feminist argument against the prevailing policy that denies the importance of race in favor of a purposefully vague concept of ethnicity confused with color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592133529
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 933 KB

About the Author

Elisa Larkin Nascimento is Director of IPEAFRO Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Table of Contents

List of Tables 
List of Abbreviations 
Introduction to the English Edition 
Preface – Kabengele Munanga 
1. Identity, Race, and Gender 
2. Brazil and the Making of "Virtual Whiteness" 
3. Constructing and Desconstructing the "Crazy Creole" 
4. Another History: Afro-Brazilian Agency (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1914-1960) 
5. The Black Experimental Theater: Plots, Texts, and Actors 
Glossary of Brazilian Words 
Bibliographical References

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