"I do not have to say that I am white, man, I am Latina!" Or the complexity of racial identification in the ideology of (non)white, young, female activists

In this article, I explore the complexity of racial identity formation of (non)white, young, female activists in São Paulo. Taking into account the interaction of the individual with the social world, one must distinguish between appropriated and attributed racial identities, as well as individual and collective identities. This requires attention to the role of racial social position and its subsequent racial advantages, to the feelings of activists about this process, and to the mutual influence of the heterogeneity of racial identity, the displacement of racial identity and, consequently, the role of identity formation as a strategy of activist ideology and praxis.

Racial Identity; Feminism; Activism; Whiteness; Ideology


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