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Legalizing IdentitiesBecoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast$
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Jan Hoffman French

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832929

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889886_french

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Introduction: Globalizing Rights and Legalizing Identities

Introduction: Globalizing Rights and Legalizing Identities

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(p.1) Introduction: Globalizing Rights and Legalizing Identities
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Legalizing Identities
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Jan Hoffman French

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807889886_french.6

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore how issues such as race relations, indigenous struggles, and the black consciousness movement in Brazil intersect with, and even reshape, the law and its effects on the lives of people like those living on the banks of the São Francisco River in Mocambo and on São Pedro Island. It also details the development of a theoretical model called “legalizing identity.” The model provides a framework that encompasses both black and Indian struggles for recognition and resources, while retaining the ability to understand their specific differences based in history and struggle.

Keywords:   law, indigenous peoples, land, Brazil, ethnoracial identity, Mocambo, São Pedro Island, legalizing identity

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