Collective boundaries and ethnoracial repertoires in contemporary Brazil

Nuno Oliveira



The article argues that ethnic policy in Brazil has changed in such a way as to adopt more assertive concepts of group belonging. Analysing affirmative action in favour of Black people in contemporary Brazil, the article discusses three differentiated repertoires with implications for the construction of collective boundaries of an ethnoracial nature, which the author calls dilutionnegotiation and salience. These frameworks make it possible to organise the perception of ethnic and racial diversity. The importance of narratives of national identity in the ways these frameworks are structured is highlighted. The article also posits the need to consider the role of the state and its agents in the establishment of the legitimate codifications of belonging.


repertório, fronteiras, categorização, identidades colectivas, identidade nacional

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