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Title: Longing for oneself: hybridism and miscegenation
Authors: Almeida, M. V.
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Revista do Centro em rede de Investigação em Antropologia
Abstract: This essay acknowledges that hybridism, in a troubling reminiscence of the 19th century debate on race and the hybrids is a central issue of debate in the social sciences today. The Portuguese case is one of the most complex and intriguing: if Brazil has been systematically praised as the example of the humanistic and miscegenating characteristic of Portuguese expansion, it has also been used as an argument for the legitimization of later colonialism in Africa, as well as for the construction of a self-representation of Portuguese as non-racists. The Portuguese nation, however, has seldom been described as a miscigenated nation and mestiça itself. Contemporary rhetoric on hybridity – as part of globalization, transnationality, postcolonial diasporas, and multiculturalism – clashes with the reality of the return of ‘race’ within a cultural fundamentalism. This paper focuses on discourses and modes of classification as the starting point for discussing specific practices and processes of identity dispute in the ‘Lusophone’ space.
Peer reviewed: yes
ISSN: 2182-2891
Appears in Collections:CRIA-RN - Artigos em revistas científicas nacionais com arbitragem científica

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