The Politics of Difference in Peru

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza

in Yo Soy Negro

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035741
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038490 | DOI:
The Politics of Difference in Peru

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This chapter considers the implications of the conceptualization of blackness for multicultural reforms in Peru. It describes multicultural reforms that the Peruvian government has recently adopted as part of a project funded by the World Bank. These reforms, which use discourses of cultural and ethnic differences, are a dramatic change from the official discourse that Afro-Peruvian inclusion should be achieved through incorporation as opposed to a recognition of differences. Drawing from interviews with Afro-Peruvians, the chapter explains how Afro-Peruvians discuss their inclusion in the Peruvian nation and their desire (or lack thereof) for cultural recognition.

Keywords: blackness; multicultural reforms; Peru; ethnic; Ingenieros; black culture; Afro-Peruvian; cultural recognition

Chapter.  11757 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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