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Author Hernández, Tanya Katerí.
Title Racial subordination in Latin America : the role of the state, customary law, and the new civil rights response / Tanya Katerí Hernández.
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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 Floor3  KG574 .H45 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description viii, 247 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-238) and index.
Contents Racial innocence and the customary law of race regulation -- Spanish America whitening the race -- the un(written) laws of blanqueamiento and mestizaje -- Brazilian "Jim Crow" : the immigration law whitening project and the customary law of racial segregation -- a case study -- The social exclusion of afro-descendants in Latin America today -- Afro-descendant social justice movements and the new antidiscrimination laws -- Brazil : at the forefront of Latin American race-based affirmative action policies and census racial data collection -- Conclusion : the United States-Latin America connections.
Summary "There are approximately 150 million people of African descent in Latin America yet Afro-descendants have been consistently marginalized as undesirable elements of the society. Latin America has nevertheless long prided itself on its absence of U.S.-styled state-mandated Jim Crow racial segregation laws. This book disrupts the traditional narrative of Latin America's legally benign racial past by comprehensively examining the existence of customary laws of racial regulation and the historic complicity of Latin American states in erecting and sustaining racial hierarchies. Tanya Katerí Hernández is the first author to consider the salience of the customary law of race regulation for the contemporary development of racial equality laws across the region. Therefore, the book has a particular relevance for the contemporary U.S. racial context in which Jim Crow laws have long been abolished and a "post-racial" rhetoric undermines the commitment to racial equality laws and policies amidst a backdrop of continued inequality"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Race discrimination -- Law and legislation -- Latin America.
Africans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Latin America.
Customary law -- Latin America.
Civil rights -- Latin America.
ISBN 9781107024861 (hbk.)
1107024862 (hbk.)
OCLC number 793421817