SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.25 issue3African History at school: representations and imprecision in the didactics literatureO valor da diversidade racial nas empresas author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Journal

Article

Indicators

Related links

Share


Estudos Afro-Asiáticos

Print version ISSN 0101-546XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4650

Abstract

PEREIRA, Amauri Mendes. A lightning in blue sky: reflections about quota politics and the Brazilian national identity. Estud. afro-asiát. [online]. 2003, vol.25, n.3, pp.463-482. ISSN 1678-4650.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0101-546X2003000300004.

The text talks about the Brazilian social thought in an attempt to find out the "social clash" provoked by affirmative action propositions (quotas) made by the government. It shows that the main reason why these propositions have shocked the public opinion and have sounded like absurd, a lightning in blue sky, comes from the fact that in Brazil the racial matter has been left behind by the social thought among the academic sphere - in general, having the intellectuals expressing common sense ideas. That has lead to badly-informed people and shallow reflections about racial inequalities. As there has always been an intense and controvert interaction between academics and the anti-racist fight, the present responsibilities are discussed, focusing on how the social debate about the quotas and the affirmative action measures are a result of research choices, omissions, and distortions on the way to the institutionalization of the Social Sciences.

Keywords : Brazilian social thought; Brazilian racial matter; quotas; affirmative action; racial inequalities; public policy.

        · abstract in Portuguese | French     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )

 

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License