Afro-centrism as an Intercultural Force in Ecuador


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:
Afro-centrism as an Intercultural Force in Ecuador

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This chapter examines the role of Afro-centrism as an intercultural force in Ecuador. It proposes a reading of Juan Montaño Escobar from the standpoint of “strategic essentialism” because this might afford a decolonization of the official representations of Ecuador's people of African descent. The chapter concludes that the immediate imperative of black vindicatory movements continues to be that of making blackness visible, not as a folkloric project or by way of imagined essentialisms.

Keywords: Afro-centrism; intercultural force; Ecuador; Juan Montaño Escobar; decolonization; strategic essentialism

Chapter.  6785 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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