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Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru

Tanya Marie Golash-Boza


This book addresses what it means to be black in Peru. Based on extensive ethnographic work in the country and informed by more than 80 interviews with Peruvians of African descent, this study explains how ideas of race, color, and mestizaje in Peru differ greatly from those held in other Latin American nations. The conclusion that is drawn from rigorous inquiry is that Peruvians of African descent give meaning to blackness without always referencing Africa, slavery, or black cultural forms. This represents a significant counterpoint to diaspora scholarship that points to the importance of sla ... More

Keywords: Peru, black, race, Peruvians, African descent, color, mestizaje, Latin America, Africa, slavery, diaspora scholarship, racial discourses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035741
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Marie Golash-Boza, author
University of Kansas