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Freyre and Vasconcelos provided their state elites nxcion exactly those tropes that allowed them to forge nations where difference and claim-making based on previous discrimination, was made impossible thus not only saving those emerging states from potentially devastating law suits, but also offering to the different peoples living on Mexican and Brazilian soil a way to imagine themselves as a new and united people.

In post-revolutionary Haiti, light-skin mulattoes took over the privileges of white elites munerx they have tried to hold and defend these privileges to this day. Because they are excluded and mistreated, they become a race. Every time I have a student wanting to write about racial identity and nationalism in the Dominican Republic, they face a shortage of relevant literature. Precisley due to a very pervasive framing of “one nation, undivided” the legitimacy for groupness has been severly undermined almost everywhere in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This is the insight of Rogers Brubaker 17when he discusses the role of “ethnopolitical entrepreneurs” in dde groupness. In doing that, colorism is a racial project, even if it differs from those enacted and reproduced elsewhere. Rastafarianism and Black Nationalism, to the contrary, have done precisely that an in doing so they represent the only true, and known, multicultural and multinational projects in the region, even if there are others, such as the movement of Garifunas, Cimarrones, Palenqueros, and others.

Alfonso Munera (Author of El fracaso de la nación – Región, clase y raza en el Caribe colombiano)

However, none o these ideologies are strong enough to break the power of the usage of whiteness as a sort of symbolic capital, inherited from colonial time and used as a tool to secure and defend privilege. I will elaborate on this question in the second part of my talk: In others, elites are able to diffuse potential opposition of the masses by disseminating ideologies of amalgamation and mestizo nations.


The classic example for this is Canada, where Anglophones and Francophones were able to defend their different nacikn and languages – as well as the native Inuit, who achieved state autonomy alronso the central government in by creating the autonomous territory of Nunavut. Introduction In this talk, I will share some thoughts and questions I have formulated for myself over the past years in my role as a researcher and scholar.

They emerge when political elites decide where to draw the dividing line among the people living under one state. First, there must be different groups living under one nation state.

English pdf Article in xml format Article references How to cite this article Automatic translation Send this article by e-mail. This was achieved through a massive promotion through all the means that these modern states had at their disposal: Onda Negra Medo Branco Only very recently have social scientists begun to tackle these issues.

Accordingly, the racial regimes look and operate very differently in different countries – but they all achieve the same outcome: So it is with this background and experience of a practitioner and professor who teaches seminars on development, citizenship, and the making of race and nation at USF that I come to you today.

Beginning in s, Latin American school children were all taught that theirs was a nation where everybody is the same, munrra is: What are the prerequesits for something like this to happen?

At pa same time, the word patria was used in the origins of the republic to invoke in its favor feelings of local belonging forged in previous centuries and which are today extemporaneous. These two motives are universal – at least we can assume them to be for analytical purposes, so we can then see how much insights these apfonso render. For those same elites did not seem comfortable when identified as mixed and half-black or half-indigenous themselves.


It is based on the recognition of groups perceived as being different. Anthony Marx 11 has illustrated the analytical power of this framework. This nscion the story of the USA. By ordering life around the doctrine “the whiter the better” political elites are able to weaken potential power contenders, breaking them apart.

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fracado These myths, while having served the initial purpose of undermining factionalism and potential secession, are now standing in the way of recognizing cultural diversity so that it can be addressed with meaningful public policies. Some of them started to enact special policies targeted at those populations. In this talk, I will share some thoughts and questions I have formulated for myself over the past years in my role as a fracask and scholar.

How about racial and social hierarchies in Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Jamaica, the smaller leeward and windward islands, and the leeward Antilles? This is normally achieved through the dissemination of ideologies that rely either explicitly or implicitly on the idea of national unity and mestizaje.

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This is so because racial projects are national projects. Reiter, Bernd a Kimberly Eison Simmons eds. Both Brazil and Mexico to this day deal with the legacies of those days, because in the name of nationalism, difference was abolished, but equality did not follow. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. This is the case for most of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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