Afro-Latino-América: Black and Afro-descendant Rights and Struggles

Bush, Deborah, Bush, Shaun, Cayasso-Dixon, Kendall, Cupples, Julie, Gleghorn, Charlotte, Glynn, Kevin, Henríquez Cayasso, George, Smith, Dixie, Moreno Rojas, Cecilia, Perea Lemos, Ramón, Ribeiro, Raquel and Casildo, Zulma (2018) Afro-Latino-América: Black and Afro-descendant Rights and Struggles. In: The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development. Routledge International Handbooks . Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 236-251. ISBN 9781138060739, 9781315162935

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This chapter provides an overview of Afro-descendant activism in Latin America with specific attention to the situation in Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It outlines the forms of structural racism and invisibilization to which Afro-Latin Americans are subjected, and the ways in which activists are attempting to dismantle the forms of disadvantage and discrimination, with a particular focus on media activism. While policies of whitening have been thoroughly discredited and long abandoned, the attitudes associated with them persist, generating a process of internal colonialism and endoracism that exists to this day. The legacy of such prejudices can be seen in ongoing forms of Afro-descendant exclusion and marginalization throughout the continent and the greater social mobility enjoyed by people who are lighter-skinned. Some Afro-Latin Americans, particularly those who are urban-based, do, however, consciously adopt a diasporic identity.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 12:44
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 09:42

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