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Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response

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"A hard-hitting, tightly argued examination of present-day racial inequality in Latin America, the roots of that inequality in 19th- and 20th-century state policies, and current efforts to overcome that historical legacy. Hernández definitively lays to rest the notion that Latin American states played no role in the construction and maintenance of white racial privilege."
George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

"Tanya Kateri Hernandez traces the 'myth of racial innocence' in which Latin America shrouds itself, and then she shatters it. This book is a crucial corrective for anyone interested in race in Latin America. Or in the United States, which increasingly proclaims its own mythical innocence."
Ian Haney Lopez, John H. Boalt Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

"Finally we have a serious, comprehensive, and accessible book on racial matters in Latin America. Professor Hernandez skillfully shows how 'customary law' has been used by states in the region to maintain racial order (i.e., white supremacy) since independence. This is a major contribution and, from now on, no one can believe anymore that racism is not part of the Latin American experience. Bravo Professor Hernandez for a job well done!"
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke University

"Racial Subordination in Latin America reveals the folly of post-racial thinking in the United States, where a legal system of segregation and classification are thought to underlie racial difference, inequality, discrimination and segregation. In the minds of post-racialists, such divisions have been presumably laid to rest with the civil rights revolution and the recent election of a black president. By contrast, Latin American countries have rarely used explicit race-based laws to structure their societies. Thus, one could say that 'postracial' societies existed south of the U.S. border long before they did in the U.S. However, racial discrimination and inequality have been rampant throughout that region. With this book, legal scholar Tanya K. Hernandez now compels us to rethink how apparently progressive national ideologies and cultural norms continue to structure deep-seated racism and inequality in modern societies, despite the absence of legal structures."
Edward E. Telles, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

"Hernández has constructed a well-written accessible analysis of racial subordination that deserves a wide audience in and beyond Latin America, especially among policy makers. Summing up: highly recommended. All readership levels."
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There are approximately 150 million people of African descent in Latin America yet Afro-descendants have been consistently marginalized as undesirable elements of the society. Latin America has nevertheless long prided itself on its absence of U.S.-styled state-mandated Jim Crow racial segregation laws. This book disrupts this traditional narrative by comprehensively examining the existence of customary laws of racial regulation and the historic complicity of Latin American states in erecting and sustaining racial hierarchies.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107024862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107024861
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is groundbreaking, brilliant work that contextualizes and summarizes Latin American racial politics-- particularly the racial subordination of Afro-Latin@s-- through the lenses of history, law, custom, state practices and social movements. A must read for scholars and students of Latin America and for U.S.-based thinkers to expand their understanding of race, racism, and racial struggle in a comparative and trans-American light.
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