Making Race and Nation
A Comparison of South Africa, the United States, and Brazil
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Making Race and Nation by Anthony W. Marx
Book DescriptionWhy and how has race become a central aspect of politics during this century? This book addresses this pressing question by comparing South African apartheid and resistance to it, the United States Jim Crow law and protests against it, and the myth of racial democracy in Brazil. Anthony Marx argues that these divergent experiences had roots in the history of slavery, colonialism, miscegenation and culture, but were fundamentally shaped by impediments and efforts to build national unity. In South Africa and the United States, ethnic or regional conflicts among whites were resolved by unifying whites and excluding blacks, while Brazil's longer established national unity required no such legal racial crutch. Race was thus central to projects of nation-building, and nationalism shaped uses of race. Professor Marx extends this argument to explain popular protest and the current salience of issues of race.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521584555
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anthony W. Marx
Faith in Nation, Paperback (May 2005)
Attempts to expose the hidden underside of Western nationalism. Arguing that the true history of the nation began earlier, the author shows how state builders set about deliberately constructing a sense of national solidarity to support their burgeoning authority.
Making Race and Nation, Paperback (October 1998)
This book uses comparisons of South Africa, the United States, and Brazil to reveal patterns about race, nation, state and class dynamics.
Lessons of Struggle, Paperback (May 1992)» View all books by Anthony W. Marx
This study analyzes the success and failure of the opposition movement in South Africa, pinpointing three distinct stages in black South Africa's struggle for a post-apartheid future.
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