The Politics of Blackness: Racial Identity and Political Behavior in Contemporary Brazil

Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour, Cambridge University Press, 2017

Although Afro-Brazilians make up 53 percent of Brazil’s population, they’re politically underrepresented, holding less than 10 percent of national congressional seats. Mitchell-Walthour, associate professor of African and African diaspora studies, uses an intersectional approach to explore how racial experiences and discrimination impact Afro-Brazilian political behavior in the cities of Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. She finds the fates of Afro-Brazilians there are linked, and recognizing this makes them more likely to support race- and class-related policies, such as university affirmative action.