Colective Boundaries and Ethnoracial Repertoires in Contemporary Brazil

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 09:30
Oral Presentation
Nuno OLIVEIRA, ISCTE Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
The paper argues that there is a shift in core conceptions of identity and belonging in Brazil’s national identity narrative. Analysing affirmative action in favour of black people in contemporary Brazil, we discuss three differentiated repertoires with implications for the construction of collective boundaries of an ethnoracial nature, which the author calls dilution, negotiation 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.