Afro-Latin Studies: Reflections on the Field

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The state of Afro-Latin studies is reviewed, starting with questions about terminology and racial classification, then exploring issues of racism and the relation between race and class. The impact of black (and indigenous) social movements on the field of study is then examined and this raises the question of how ideologies and practices of mestizaje have changed in the wake of ethnic mobilization and challenges to nation-building narratives of mestizaje. Finally, some of the implications of the concepts of diaspora and globalization are examined in relation to approaches to black culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-124
JournalLatin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Afro-Latin; racism; blacks; Latin America; mestizaje; black culture


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