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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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Family Feuds and Ethnoracial Politics: What's Land Got to do with It?

Family Feuds and Ethnoracial Politics: What's Land Got to do with It?

(p.105) Chapter 4 Family Feuds and Ethnoracial Politics: What's Land Got to do with It?
Legalizing Identities

Jan Hoffman French

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the paradoxes and contradictions that nourish the transformation of ethnoracial identities. It looks at particular religious and political events in two villages in order to illustrate the unifying role that national citizenship played, just as acrimonious relations between quilombolas and Indians were at their worst. It also analyzes the interfamily and intrafamily feuds and their impact on the politics of quilombo recognition, emphasizing the struggle over naming the village and its residents. Woven throughout the chapter are highlighted moments that reveal the simultaneous importance and unimportance of race and color to the people of Mocambo.

Keywords:   quilombo recogniton, Mocambo, ethnoracial identity, legalizing identity, race

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