Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour - Black Group Attachment and Political Opinion in Brazil

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Relying on in-depth interviews, I examine how Afro-Brazilians in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo feel linked to blacks. Many Brazilians discuss how racial and social exclusion shape their lives which has an impact on feeling connected to other Afro-Brazilians. I rely on survey data  collected in in Salvador and São Paulo to examine the role of black group attachment on political support, including affirmative action, Law 10.639 (the requirement that African and Afro-Brazilian history be taught in schools), and whether the president should nominate blacks to important positions.