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Race and the Brazilian Body: Blackness, Whiteness, and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro

Jennifer Roth-Gordon


Based on the spontaneous conversations of shantytown youth hanging out on the streets of their neighborhoods and interviews from the comfortable living rooms of the middle class, Race and the Brazilian Body asks how racial ideas about the superiority of whiteness and the inferiority of blackness continue to play out in the daily lives of Rio de Janeiro’s residents. The book draws on over 20 years of research to explain what is called Brazil’s “comfortable racial contradiction,” in which embedded structural racism that very visibly privileges whiteness exists alongside a deeply held pride in th ... More

Keywords: blackness, whiteness, linguistic practices, slang, structural racism, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293793
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Roth-Gordon, author
University of Arizona