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With the eyes of society? : Doing race in affirmative action practices in Brazil

Title data

Lempp, Sarah:
With the eyes of society? : Doing race in affirmative action practices in Brazil.
In: Citizenship Studies. (2019) .
ISSN 1469-3593
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2019.1651090

Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
From social gaze to bureaucratic standards: Doing race in affirmative action practices in BrazilSCHR 981/9-1

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

This paper examines so-called verification commissions in Brazil that have to decide whether those who applied for affirmative action vacancies for black candidates ‘correctly’ declared themselves as such. Analyzing three repertoires through which the commissions take this decision, the paper shows how the subject that is entitled to affirmative action – the cotista (quota candidate) – comes into being in these classification practices. Discussing the tension between the idea of a social gaze – due to which ‘everybody’ knows who is black in Brazil – and that of a skilled gaze one has to learn in order to work in a verification commission, I show how the latter arises from the attempt to handle the contradictory demands the commissions are facing and how it helps to ‘objectivize’ the commissions’ decisions. By way of conclusion, I point out how my study can contribute to a better understanding of processes in which citizenship rights are granted ‘through the body’.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: race; affirmative action; Brazil; verification commissions; classification practices
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Lehrstuhl Ethnologie > Lehrstuhl Ethnologie - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 09:09
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 09:09
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/51928