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Affirmative Action in Contemporary Brazil: Two Institutional Discourses on Race

Lília G. M. Tavolaro
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Vol. 19, No. 3/4, On Brazil: Reflections on a Contrasting Society (Jun., 2008), pp. 145-160
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40206138
Page Count: 16
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Affirmative Action in Contemporary Brazil: Two Institutional Discourses on Race
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Abstract

In 2001, the State universities of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ and UENF) were the first Brazilian public universities to reserve 40% of their places for self-declared blacks (negros) and browns (pardos). In 2004, the University of Brasilia became the first federal university to implement an affirmative policy for black (negros) and indigenous people in Brazil. In the present article it is my intention to focus on contingent aspects in the making of these policies. While looking into both cases as two institutional discourses of race, I seek to challenge two common and equally problematic interpretations of the current race- assertive politics in Brazil, namely: (a) one that sees these affirmative action initiatives as the result of a kind of inevitable process towards the disclosure of Brazil's hidden and actual plurality of "races;" (b) and another that, by contrast, conceives them as a sort of "imported model" that is not only imposed from abroad but also incompatible with the Brazilian symbolic order and system of racial classification.

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