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Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil Paperback – September 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0691127927 ISBN-10: 0691127921

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691127921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691127927
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2006 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities of the American Sociological Association

Winner of the 2006 Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association

Winner of the 2005 Otis Dudley Duncan Award, Section on Sociology of Population, American Sociological Association

Winner of the 2005 Hubert Herring Award, Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies

Winner of the 2005 Best Book on Brazil in English, Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association

"This is a blockbuster of a book. To a topic--Brazilian race relations--historically fraught with ambiguity, uncertainty, and disagreement, it brings clarity, logic, and lucidity, not to mention several truckloads of data. The result is the most important work on race in Brazil since Gilberto Freyre's seminal The Masters and the Slaves (1933). . . . The clarity and lucidity of Telles's findings, and the wealth of data on which they are based, make this book a genuine tour de force, and the most illuminating examination of Brazilian race relations that I have ever read."--George Reid Andrews, Journal of Social History

"Edward Telles's rich and important book is the latest, and most systematic, sociological study of Brazilian race relations. . . . In this book, Telles greatly advances our knowledge of race's significance in Brazil and, to a lesser extent, in the United States. It should be required reading in any sociology course about Brazil and/or race."--Melissa Nobles, American Journal of Sociology

"Telles skillfully diagnoses the dimensions and mechanisms of race discrimination and, in a lucid final chapter, identifies those policy solutions the government should contemplate to break with these nefarious patterns."--Mala Htun, Political Science Quarterly

"Edward E. Telles's consideration of race in Brazil is a landmark study. . . . It sets a standard for the study of race in Brazil against which all future works on the subject will be measured."--David Covin, Perspectives on Politics

"An amazingly detailed account of race in Brazil. . . . [T]he author makes a major contribution to the understanding of race relations, making this book required reading for anyone interested in the topics of race or Brazil."--Franklin Goza, Contemporary Sociology

"Edward Telles's Race in Another America is an impressive comparative analysis on the maintenance of racial boundaries and forms of racial discrimination that focuses mainly on Brazil and the United States."--Kwame Dixon, Latin American Research Review

"Edward Telles has written a book distinguished by careful research and attention to the existing literature in Brazilian race relations and society, supplemented by astute personal observations and reflectivity."--Anani Dzidzienyo, The Americas

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"This is the first systematic scholarly treatment of the subject in any language by a fully trained sociologist. It is a highly valuable guide to the existing literature, and Telles' discussion by region of Brazil is the most revealing I have read. Because he worked in Rio de Janeiro as a staff advisor for the Ford Foundation, Telles was able to tap all the best sources--both primary and secondary. His skillful synthesis makes this a book that will appeal to readers in many fields."--Thomas E. Skidmore, Brown University

"With its unique combination of sophisticated demographic analysis, ethnographic research and cross-national comparisons, this book will have a significant impact on the now burgeoning literature on Brazilian race relations and, more generally, comparative race relations Professor Telles' multi-method approach will become a standard reference for comprehending Brazil's multi-hued population in comparative perspective."--Michael Hanchard, Northwestern University

"Telles has produced what will long be regarded as the definitive treatment of race relations in Brazil. Mobilizing tools from historical demography, stratification, social movement, and policy analysis, he provides a water-tight refutation of the myth of racial democracy while analyzing the extend and causes of racial discrimination. He skillfully parcels out social boundaries as manifested in intermarriage and residential segregation, while acknowledging the distinctive impact of sociability on race relations. With the United States in the background, Telles makes a terrific contribution to the growing field of comparative racism."--Michele Lamont, Harvard University

"Edward Telles has written an important and inspired book, one that will force those who think they know Brazil and who think they know America to examine their preconceptions anew. With Race in Another America, Telles has not only broken substantial new scholarly ground, he has created work that will be essential reading for anyone trying to understand the often complex and Byzantine workings of race in society. Race in Another America is a masterfully conducted journey through Brazil, and a prescient look at where America, in some respects, is likely headed. It will be of interest not only to scholars, but to anyone who cares about the future of race in the world today."--Ellis Cose, author of Bone to Pick, Rage of the Privileged Class, Color-Blind, and The Envy of the World

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LBP on September 3, 2011
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Read this book for a class. Intro chapter is hard going but it picks up after that and offers a lot of interesting and sometimes surprising info. Useful for students and researchers trying to get a handle on Brazilian society. Not intended for lay audiences.
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This book works on concrete things: inequality demonstration of the black/brown population of Brazil. In every chapter Mr. Telles look for the proof of racial facts on field researches. He also presents some comparisons with the USA situation.
He did a very good work on Brazil race realities and Brazilians fighters of racism should study Mr Telles book very carefully.
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By Andie Walsh on February 28, 2013
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We used this book in my sociology class. I wouldn't have purchased it otherwise. Interesting book though. More interesting than most class readings.
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