author={Edmund T. Gordon and Mark Daniel Anderson},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
This article offers an analysis of theoretical models developed around the concept of the African Diaspora. These models either concentrate on essential features common to various peoples of African descent or focus on diaspora as a condition of hybridity characterized by displacement and "dispersed identities." The authors, calling for ethnographic attention to processes of diasporic identification, argue for a shift in focus toward analysis of the processes through which individuals identify… 

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction3Pt. 1Racial Hegemony1Racial Politics: Terms, Theory, Methodology132Brazilian Racial Politics: An Overview and Reconceptualization313Racial Democracy: Hegemony, Brazilian

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