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National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America

Mara Loveman


The era of official color-blindness in Latin America has come to an end. For the first time in decades, nearly every state in Latin America now asks their citizens to identify their race or ethnicity on the national census. Most observers highlight the historic novelty of these reforms, but National Colors shows that official racial classification of citizens has a long history in Latin America. Through an analysis of the politics and practice of official ethnoracial classification in the censuses of 19 Latin American states across nearly two centuries, this book explains why most Latin Americ ... More

Keywords: Latin America, racial classification, race, ethnicity, census, national identity, state, statistics, development, Latin American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mara Loveman, author
University of California, Berkeley