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UNESCO AND THE STUDY OF RACE RELATIONS IN BRAZIL: REGIONAL OR NATIONAL ISSUE?
Maio, Marcos Chor | Date Issued: 2001
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The literature on the cycle of studies on Brazilian race relations written in the 1950s, supported by UNESCO, has considered it a milestone that offered solid findings about the variety of such relations and the existence of racial prejudice and discrimination Brazilian society. Some evaluations of these studies have asserted that the results of the UNESCO Project frustrated expectations that Brazil could be used as a positive example for race relations and an instrument in the struggle against racism in the period following the Holocaust. This research note takes different stand in arguing that from the early stages of the organization the project, Brazilian, French, and U.S. social scientists favored broadening the geographical scope under investigation because they were aware of several patterns of race relations and racial prejudice in Brazil. Originally, a limited and idealized regional focus was to center on the state of Bahia, but soon the scope of investigation became almost national in including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Pernambuco.
Keywords in PortugueseUNESCO