Raising Two Fists: Struggles for Black Citizenship in Multicultural Colombia (Hardcover)

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Raising Two Fists is a historically grounded ethnography of Afro-Colombian political mobilization after the multicultural turn that swept Latin America in the 1990s, when states began to recognize and legally enshrine rights for Afro-descendants. Roosbelinda C rdenas explores three major strategies that Afro-Colombians' developed in their struggles against racialized dispossession--the defense of culturally specific livelihoods through the creation of Black Territories; the demand for differential reparations for Afro-Colombian war victims; and the fight for inclusion in Colombia's peace negotiations and post-conflict rebuilding--illustrating how they engage in this work both as participants of organized political movements and in their everyday lives.

Although rights-based claims to the state have become necessary and pragmatic tools in the intersecting struggles for racial, economic, and social justice, C rdenas argues that they continue to be ineffective due to Colombia's entrenched colonial racial hierarchies. She shows that while Afro-Colombians pursue rights-based claims, they also forge African Diasporic solidarities and protect the flourishing of their lives outside of the frame of rights, and with or without the state's sanction--a "two-fisted" strategy for Black citizenship.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781503613799
ISBN-10: 1503613798
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 274
Language: English