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Jews, Blacks, And The Ambiguities Of Multiculturalism In Brazil

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Brazil has undergone a significant transformation in the ways that the racial question is dealt with. Much of this transformation has been due to the pressure of black movements, international organisations and the attraction of new values of cultural recognition and racial differentiation associated with the multiculturalism that is currently in vogue. This chapter explains how Brazilian Jews are translating this new multicultural context. It explores the hypothesis that in the present context of the promotion of the black race, Jews have experienced a strange ambiguity. The chapter considers examples of approximation between blacks and Jews: one is related to the racist demonstrations of extreme rightwing skinhead groups in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo at the beginning of the 1990s; and the other is the adoption by the Brazilian government of a clear policy of 'positive discrimination' through affirmative action policies, under the influence of multiculturalism.

Keywords: black movement; Brazil; Jews; multiculturalism; Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo Paulo



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