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Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast

Jan Hoffman French


Anthropologists widely agree that identities—even ethnic and racial ones—are socially constructed. Less understood are the processes by which social identities are conceived and developed. This book shows how law can successfully serve as the impetus for the transformation of cultural practices and collective identity. Through ethnographic, historical, and legal analysis of successful claims to land by two neighboring black communities in the backlands of northeastern Brazil, the book demonstrates how these two communities have come to distinguish themselves from each other while revising and ... More

Keywords: social identities, collective identity, Xocó Indian, African slave community, Catholic Church, social justice, quilombo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832929
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807889886_french


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Hoffman French, author