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The Unified Black Movement in Brazil, 1978-2002 /
David Covin.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
description
xii, 254 p. : ill.
ISBN
0786424389 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786424382 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
isbn
0786424389 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786424382 (softcover : alk. paper)
abstract
"This intensive historical study of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado centers on the political effects and ramifications of the group. In order to present a complete picture of the MNU, it looks at the organization within four separate contexts: international, national, historical and human"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
5995664
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Covin is professor emeritus of government and pan-African studies, California State University, Sacramento
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-02-01:
Covin (emer., government and pan-African studies, California State Univ., Sacramento) offers a meticulous chronicle of the origins, social impact, and later difficulties of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU), or Unified Black Movement. The MNU inspired and sometimes sponsored a raft of nongovernmental organizations and publications. But given Brazil's rather parochial and decentralized society, working from the center yielded mixed results despite the MNU's occasional star power and dramatic events. Covin describes the MNU's initial demonstrations in Sao Paulo (1978) and explores the confusion around the Day of Black Consciousness held in Brasilia in 1995. The latter was originally scheduled for Palmares, the site of a black uprising a century before, but President Fernando Henrique Cardoso preempted the event and site for himself. This work can be of great value to students of post-1975 Brazilian politics, because it follows the mobilization of a huge underclass of citizens as they move toward political involvement. It is also valuable to all students of black consciousness for its efforts to sort out the strategic options in a racialized (and "whitened") society between forging black unity, building a mass base, or accepting the more compromised idea of a multiracial democracy. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. M. Dew Fairfield University
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Summaries
Description for Library
"This intensive historical study of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado centers on the political effects and ramifications of the group. In order to present a complete picture of the MNU, it looks at the organization within four separate contexts: international, national, historical and human"--Provided by publisher.
Long Description
This intensive historical study of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado centers on the political effects and ramifications of the group. In order to present a complete picture of the MNU, it looks at the organization within four separate contexts: international, national, historical and human. Through this approach, the MNU is examined in relation to the African Diaspora, the European colonization of the Americas, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the development of Brazil as an independent state. From a national perspective, the MNU is viewed amid other social organizations and cultural expressions. The result is a detailed study that admits the organization's shortcomings but assesses them contextually, providing a more complete and nuanced understanding of the significance of the MNU's problems and achievements. Appendices offer the MNU Letter of Principles, the Constitution of the MNU, the preamble to the MNU Action Program and the MNU Hymn. A glossary is also included.
Main Description
Brazil in the late 1970s saw the birth of independent Black organizations that sprang up from older roots, giving the black population a place to share narratives about life in Brazil. The developing racial consciousness gave rise to the Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) in 1979. The MNU, or Unified Black Movement, created an outlet for racial grievances and gave a voice to those previously unheard.
Main Description
Brazil in the late 1970s was a country of racial tension and inequality. During this time, a number of independent Black organizations sprang up from older roots, giving the black population a place to create, develop and share narratives about life in Brazil. Within these organizations, they developed a sense of racial consciousness that gave rise to the Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) in 1979. The MNU, or Unified Black Movement, created an outlet for racial grievances and gave a voice to those previously unheard. This intensive historical study of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado centers on the political effects and ramifications of the group. In order to present a complete picture of the MNU, it looks at the organization within four separate contexts: international, national, historical and human. Through this approach, the MNU is examined in relation to the African Diaspora, the European colonization of the Americas, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the development of Brazil as an independent state. From a national perspective, the MNU is viewed amid other social organizations and cultural expressions. The result is a detailed study that admits the organization's shortcomings but assesses them contextually, providing a more complete and nuanced understanding of the significance of the MNU's problems and achievements. Appendices offer additional information such as the MNU Letter of Principles, the Constitution of the MNU, the preamble to the MNU Action Program and the MNU Hymn. A glossary is also included.
Main Description
Brazil in the late 1970s was a country of racial tension and inequality. During this time, a number of independent Black organizations sprang up from older roots, giving the black population a place to create, develop and share narratives about life in Brazil. Within these organizations, they developed a sense of racial consciousness that gave rise to the Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) in 1979. The MNU, or Unified Black Movement, created an outlet for racial grievances and gave a voice to those previously unheard.This intensive historical study of Brazil's Movimento Negro Unificado centers on the political effects and ramifications of the group. In order to present a complete picture of the MNU, it looks at the organization within four separate contexts: international, national, historical and human. Through this approach, the MNU is examined in relation to the African Diaspora, the European colonization of the Americas, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the development of Brazil as an independent state. From a national perspective, the MNU is viewed amid other social organizations and cultural expressions. The result is a detailed study that admits the organization's shortcomings but assesses them contextually, providing a more complete and nuanced understanding of the significance of the MNU's problems and achievements. Appendices offer additional information such as the MNU Letter of Principles, the Constitution of the MNU, the preamble to the MNU Action Program and the MNU Hymn. A glossary is also included.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
Racialized Societiesp. 9
A Consideration of Genesis: The Brazil That Produced the MNUp. 20
The Brazilian National Context: Harbingers of Changep. 38
Independent Black Organizationsp. 48
A Confluence of Vectors: The Construction of the MNUp. 65
A Dozen Years: The Organizational Foundationp. 86
A Journey in the Wilderness: The Quest for Black Political Powerp. 124
Deus ex Machina: The Centrality of Contexts Within Contexts: 2000 to 2002p. 157
The Fate of Eschatology: How Do We Assess the MNU?p. 187
Glossaryp. 197
MNU Letter of Principlesp. 203
The MNU Hymnp. 205
The Preamble to the MNU Action Programp. 206
The Constitution of the MNUp. 207
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 247
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