Racism and Its Masks in Brazil


in Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032641
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038230 | DOI:
Racism and Its Masks in Brazil

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This chapter examines racism and the idea of harmony in Brazil. The findings reveal that the idea of Brazilian race mixture and of harmonious relations among all of its people is very powerful and efficient because it has a real material basis. The result also indicates that importance of race can be clearly seen through the lack of access of blacks to educational institutions and through dropout rates. While blacks are absent from schools, they are overrepresented among the poorest and the underemployed.

Keywords: racism; harmony; Brazil; race mixture; access to education; dropouts; poor; underemployed

Chapter.  7982 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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