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Afro-Latin American Studies
An Introduction

Part of Afro-Latin America

Alejandro de la Fuente, George Reid Andrews, Roquinaldo Ferreira, Tatiana Seijas, Peter Wade, Brodwyn Fischer, Keila Grinberg, Hebe Mattos, Frank Guridy, Juliet Hooker, Tianna Paschel, Paulina Alberto, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Doris Sommer, Robin Moore, Stephan Palmié, Paul Christopher Johnson, Karl Offen, Lara Putnam, Jennifer A. Jones
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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316630662


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  • Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews offer the first systematic, book-length survey of humanities and social science scholarship on the exciting field of Afro-Latin American studies. Organized by topic, these essays synthesize and present the current state of knowledge on a broad variety of topics, including Afro-Latin American music, religions, literature, art history, political thought, social movements, legal history, environmental history, and ideologies of racial inclusion. This volume connects the region's long history of slavery to the major political, social, cultural, and economic developments of the last two centuries. Written by leading scholars in each of those topics, the volume provides an introduction to the field of Afro-Latin American studies that is not available from any other source and reflects the disciplinary and thematic richness of this emerging field.

    • Presents systematic and synthetic overviews of recent scholarship on topics of major importance in the field of Afro-Latin American studies, for example Afro-Latin American religions, Afro-Latin American political movements, and Afro-Latin American music
    • Covers a broad range of topics, embracing most of the humanities and social sciences
    • Serves as the authoritative introduction for Afro-Latin American history, covering the period from 1500 to the present
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    'This collection marks the coming of age of the new multi-disciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies, a field centered on the histories and cultures of people of African descent throughout the Caribbean and South and Central America. We sometimes forget that almost two-thirds of all of the enslaved Africans arriving in the Americas went to the former colonies of Spain and Portugal, where they shaped local cultures in lasting and meaningful ways. With penetrating contributions from leading scholars of slavery and race in the Americas, this volume is a delight to read and charts new agendas for future research in this exciting field.' Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    'This ground-breaking volume is a rich must-read text for academics, practitioners, and activists. An interdisciplinary approach brings together some of the most prominent scholars, from a wide range of fields, to analyze the complex role of African descendants in the Americas. Chapters masterfully investigate the arrival of African descendants and their social movements, the historical roots of inequality, the struggle for political identity, and the role of gender. The text places African descendants at the center of our understanding of Latin America - the significance of this analysis demonstrates why this field is worthy of deep academic exploration.' Judith Morrison, Inter-American Development Bank

    'Distinguished historians Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews have compiled a first-rate volume with essays by many of the leading thinkers of race in Latin America. Afro-Latin American Studies reviews the literature and offers cutting-edge work on diverse areas including slavery, contemporary politics and social movements, art and literature. Anyone who wishes to understand the rapidly growing field of Afro-Latin American Studies, or Afro-American studies in the continental sense, should read this book.' Edward Telles, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'The political, cultural and social landscape of Afro-Latin America has undergone significant transformation on the cusp of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. de la Fuente and Andrew's handbook is a timely, insightful collection of essays by some of the most important specialists of the region, tracking the proliferation and transformation of Afro-Latin political mobilization and identification, its variation and diversity, while situating these contemporary transformations against the backdrop of racial slavery and exceptionalist credos of racial democracy found throughout the region.' Michael G. Hanchard, University of Pennsylvania

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316630662
    • length: 660 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Afro-Latin American studies: an introduction Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews
    Part I. Inequalities:
    2. The slave trade to Latin America: a historiographical assessment Roquinaldo Ferreira and Tatiana Seijas
    3. Inequality: race, class, gender George Reid Andrews
    4. Afro-indigenous interactions, relations, and comparisons Peter Wade
    5. Law, silence, and racialized inequalities in the history of Afro-Brazil Brodwyn Fischer, Keila Grinberg and Hebe Mattos
    Part II. Politics:
    6. Currents in Afro-Latin American political and social thought Frank Guridy and Juliet Hooker
    7. Rethinking black mobilization in Latin America Tianna Paschel
    8. 'Racial democracy' and racial inclusion: hemispheric histories Paulina Alberto and Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof
    Part III. Culture:
    9. Literary liberties: the authority of Afrodescendant authors Doris Sommer
    10. Afro-Latin American art Alejandro de la Fuente
    11. A century and a half of scholarship on Afro-Latin American music Robin Moore
    12. Afro-Latin American religions Stephan Palmié and Paul Christopher Johnson
    13. Environment, space and place: cultural geographies of colonial Afro-Latin America Karl Offen
    Part IV. Transnational Spaces:
    14. Transnational frames of Afro-Latin experience: evolving spaces and means of connection, 1600–2000 Lara Putnam
    15. Afro-Latinos: speaking through silences and rethinking the geographies of blackness Jennifer A. Jones.

  • Editors

    Alejandro de la Fuente, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and the co-chair of the Cuban Studies Program at Harvard. He is the author of Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present (forthcoming), Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (2011), and of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (2001). He is the editor of the journal Cuban Studies and of Transition: Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora.

    George Reid Andrews, University of Pittsburgh
    George Reid Andrews is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin 1978 and has taught Latin American history at the University of Pittsburgh since 1981. His books include The Afro-Argentines of Buenos Aires, 1800–1900 (1981), Blacks and Whites in São Paulo, Brazil, 1888–1988 (1992), Afro-Latin America, 1800–2000 (2004), Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay (2010), and Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600–2000 (2016).


    Alejandro de la Fuente, George Reid Andrews, Roquinaldo Ferreira, Tatiana Seijas, Peter Wade, Brodwyn Fischer, Keila Grinberg, Hebe Mattos, Frank Guridy, Juliet Hooker, Tianna Paschel, Paulina Alberto, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Doris Sommer, Robin Moore, Stephan Palmié, Paul Christopher Johnson, Karl Offen, Lara Putnam, Jennifer A. Jones

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