Racial ambiguity among the Brazilian population

  title={Racial ambiguity among the Brazilian population},
  author={Edward Telles},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={415 - 441}
  • Edward Telles
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Political Science
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
I investigate the extent to which interviewers and respondents in a 1995 national survey consistently classify race in Brazil, overall and in particular contexts. Overall, classification as white, brown or black is consistent 79 per cent of the time. However, persons at the light end of the colour continuum tend to be consistently classified, whereas ambiguity is greater for those at the darker end. Based on statistical estimation, the findings also reveal that consistency varies from 20 to 100… 
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