Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

In some ways the inspiration for this book began when I took Kim Hall?s Introduction to Women?s Studies at Georgetown University as an undergraduate. I express heartfelt gratitude to her. She ignited my initial interest in black women?s thought and political practice, intro-ducing me to the scholarship of Patricia Hill Collins, Audre Lorde, ...

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INTRODUCTION: Diasporic Blackness and Afro-Brazilian Agency

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pp. xi-xxii

One afternoon in August 2000, during a short research visit to Salva-dor, I accompanied my friends Ana Cristina and Luciana to the Bank of Brazil in Salvador?s commercial center. In Salvador to get beyond the ATM lobby and access the tellers, you must first pass through a security door and be scanned by a metal detector. Ana Cristina and ...

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1. Engendering the Grassroots

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pp. 1-26

Our greatest asset in Kenya is our land. This is the heritage we survival. It was in this knowledge that we fought for the freedom go? And as soon as the Negroes take to the street demonstrating, On Saturday, May 3, 2003, the front cover of the Brazilian newspaper A Tarde showed a photo of fifty-three-year-old Amilton dos Santos sit-...

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2. The Gendered Racial Logic of Spatial Exclusion

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pp. 27-54

...towards the black and poor population, distances it farther and Brazil as a nation proclaims herself the only racial democracy in the world, and much of the world views and accepts her as such. reveals the true nature of her social, cultural, political and eco-nomic autonomy: it is essentially racist and vitally threatening to ...

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3. The Black Movement’s Foot Soldiers

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pp. 55-86

The right to the city is like a cry and a demand. This right slowly ism, the return to the heart of the traditional city, and the call of existent or recently developed centralities. . . . The right to the city cannot be conceived of as a single visiting right or as a return to traditional cities. It can only be formulated as a transformed ...

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4. Violent Policing and Disposing of Urban Landscapes

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pp. 87-116

...?O muro,? a 1982 poem by Afro-Brazilian poet-activist Oliveira Silveira, embodies various meanings for the black majority in Brazil, who con-front multiple social and economic barriers to their survival and ad-vancement. The term muro may allude to the thick glass ceiling in the job market, university entrance exams, police barricades, gated com-...

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5. “Picking Up the Pieces”: Everyday Violence and Community

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pp. 117-138

...found, yet their stories are rarely heard. In a debate that has gling to live their lives, to bring up their children and to fight for Six years before the January 2008 police operation, on Saturday, Sep-tember 21, 2002, at about midday, residents of the Gamboa de Baixo neighborhood were terrorized by yet another extraordinary police in-...

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6. Politics Is a Women’s Thing

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pp. 139-168

...?Vamos pra reuni?o!? (Let?s go to the meeting!), Ana Cristina shouts. She clutches her purple notebook as she passes Rita?s house on her way to the weekly Tuesday night board meeting of the neighborhood Rita opens her front door and responds, ?In a little while. I?m wash-Ana Cristina presses her to hurry; they have important business to ...

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CONCLUSION: Above the Asphalt: From the Margins to the Center of Black Diaspora Politics

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pp. 169-178

On August 4, 2007, at an official ceremony in the open space of the historic S?o Paulo Fort in Gamboa de Baixo, community leaders cele-eventually lead to the possession of land for local families. The agree-ment was between the state navy and the mayor?s office to transfer the land to the city government. This political act was the result of decades ...

References

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pp. 179-196

Index

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pp. 197-214

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About the Author

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pp. 215-215

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry is assistant professor of Africana studies at Brown ...