November 8th discussion questions

November 8th discussion questions - Study/Discussion...

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Study/Discussion Questions for Tuesday, November 8th 1. According to Telles, what are some similarities between the U.S. and Brazilian racial systems? What is the main difference between the racial ideologies of the two countries? - Lighter skinned people dominate through discriminatory practices - Affirmative action plans have been put into play for both 2. Telles says there have been two (2) generations of race relations research about Brazil. How does Telles characterize these two bodies of research? What were the main arguments that researchers in each tradition put forth about race relations in Brazil? - Current vs. Past Scholars o Current : Emphasize exclusion of race relations o Past : Emphasized racial mixture Gilberto Freyre and others: Any existing racial inequality was an artifact both of enslavement of blacks and their adherence to traditional cultural values Racial differences were fluid and conditioned by class, and racial discrimination was mild and irrelevant Older scholars agreed and in general felt that being Brazillian implied a metaracial character - 3 Main Stages of Brazillian Race Relations: 1. There is little or no racial discrimination but rather great fluidity among races
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