Acts of misrecognition: transnational black politics, anti-imperialism, and the ethnocentrisms of Pierre Bourdieu and Loïc Wacquant

This paper aims at enlarging the discussion about Bourdieu and Wacquant ideas doing a particular intervention for answering their article in relation to the Black Movement in Brazil, the movement for civil rights in the US and the transnational black politics. The author's main reason is that Bourdieu and Wacquant's criticisms have been based on suppositions and critical analytical methods that emphasize the National State and the "national" culture. They also misinterpret the perception among nation-States, imperialistic and anti-imperialistic populations in their review. Both, the Brazilian Black Movement and the movement for civil rights in the US, are analysed as a national territory phenomenon, without connections between themselves, seen as completely "provincial". These limitations of interpretation have started from the incapacity of identifying and recognizing forms of culture and policy not necessarily coincident with party policies, national identity policy and labour unions. In addition to this fact, in the majority of the XX century, black population in the US, Brazil and even in France, remained, in a high degree, excluded and marginalized from forms of policy.

racial relations; Black Movement in Brazil; movement for civil rights; Bourdieu; Wacquant


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