“Details the slow rise of Afro-Brazilian political organization in Salvador, the majority-black capital of Brazil’s Bahia state, and sets it within such change in Brazil and the African diaspora. . . . Contributes to comparative studies of the rise of black consciousness. . . . Recommended.”—Choice
“Synthesizes the great complexity of the history of what has been called ‘the Brazilian black movement’ with a special focus on the most visible location of blackness in that country: Salvador and the state of Bahia.”—Latin American Research Review
“Of great interest to scholars and students of the African diaspora and Brazilian politics.”—The Americas
“Without a doubt, this book is an important contribution to the emerging literature on the black public sphere, and black politics vis-à-vis racialized civil society in the African diaspora. . . . Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Salvador stands out as an engaging and serious attempt to recognize and understand the roadblocks blacks face in their (our) attempt to hold a civic existence.”—National Political Science Review
“Powerfully illustrates that Bahia has a vibrant black political history worthy of documentation, re-centering the scholarship on race and politics to the northeast where the black population is the majority.”—Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, author of Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil
“English-language work has rarely paid such attention to discourses in Afro-Brazilian communities on civil society inclusion and the process of democratization. This book is a significant contribution to understanding that movement for change and social justice.”—Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House
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To learn more about the book and the author, read an interview with Kwame Dixon on Black Perspectives here.
Kwame Dixon is associate professor of African American studies at Syracuse University. He is coeditor of Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America.
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.