Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil

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" ... A very interesting read, and refreshing and important as it discusses aspects of the nation's history which have received so little scholarly attention to date, despite the millions of immigrants who have made Brazil one of the world's most diverse multi-cultural societies."-- British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, April 2000 "Clearly written and well organized, this book makes a major contribution to the field of Brazilian studies. An outstanding work." Leo Spitzer, Dartmouth College.) "A rich, welcome addition to social history in the broadest sense... [This study] convincingly demonstrates the ironic fact that immigration policies seeking to 'whiten' Brazil instead led to the creation of an immensely multi-cultural society. A major contribution." (Robert M. Levine, University of Miami at Coral Gables) " ... Lesser's study is an important and welcome contribution to unravelling the more or less hidden recesses of ethnicity in Brazil."--European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 73, October 2002

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Despite great ethnic and racial diversity, ethnicity in Brazil is often portrayed as a simple matter of black or white, a distinction reinforced by the ruling elite's efforts to craft the nation's identity in its own image-white, Christian, and European. In "Negotiating National Identity", Jeffrey Lesser explores the role ethnic minorities from China, Japan, North Africa, and the Middle East have played in constructing a national identity, thereby challenging dominant notions of Brazilian nationality and citizenship. Seeking to realise their vision of a white Brazil, the ruling classes welcomed 'desirable' European immigrants yet did not anticipate the potential threat of social and labour activism. In reaction, Brazilian elites recruited migrant labour from Asia and the Middle East, then expanded the definition of 'whiteness', encouraging the new arrivals to consider themselves white regardless of their actual race or ethnicity. Believing, however, that their ethnic heritage was too high a price to pay for the 'privilege' of being white, many of these immigrants have created alternative categories for themselves, such as Syrian-Brazilian, Korean-Brazilian, and so on. By examining how acculturating minority groups have represented themselves, Lesser re-envisions what it means to be Brazilian. Based on extensive research, "Negotiating National Identity" will be valuable to scholars and students in Brazilian and Latin American studies, as well as those in the fields of immigrant history, ethnic studies, and race relations.

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