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FRENCH, John. The missteps of anti-imperialism reason: Bourdieu, Wacquant and Hanchard's Orpheus and Power. Estud. afro-asiát. [online]. 2002, vol.24, n.1, pp.97-140. ISSN 0101-546X.

Are the Afro-American Studies - as called and practiced in the USA - an instrument of the cultural imperialism? Is it possible to consider race discussion, racial inequality or repression in other societies as a "brutal ethnocentric interference" when undertaken by North-Americans? The present article deeply analyses the mistaken characterization of Bourdieu and Wacquant about the present dialogue between United States and Brazil, related to the African diaspore in the New World. Besides, it points out their main missteps and misjudges. It also offers a critique of the schematic mode of intellectual circulation that those authors showed in their article "On the Cunning of Imperialist Reason". After demonstrating their strongly mistaken representation of Michael Hanchard's Orpheus and Power, the present article finishes with a discussion concerning the recent boom of academic publications, written either by Brazilians or North-Americans on race, color and nation in Brazil towards a diasporic perspective.

Keywords : anti-imperialism; Brazil/USA dialogue; race; Bourdieu; Wacquant; Hanchard.

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