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Taking Off the Mask: Essays on Racism in Brazil [Tirando a Máscara: Ensaois Sobre o Racismo no Brasil), a Portuguese language volume edited by Antonio Sérgio Guimarães, professor, University of São Paulo, and featuring papers by many leading Brazilian scholars and Afro Brazilian activists, including Sueli Carneiro, coordinator, Geledés Black Women’s Institute; Nelson do Valle Silva, professor, University Institute for Research of Rio de Janeiro; Caetana Damasceno, adjunct professor, Rural Federal University; and many others. Printed Fall 2000.

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Between Unity and Diversity: Essays on Nation-Building In Post-Apartheid South Africa, Gitanjali Maharaj, editor, (Cape Town: David Philip Publishers and Idasa, 1999), a 366 page reader on post-apartheid nation-building efforts. Contributors include South African President Thabo Mbeki and some of the nation’s leading scholars and activists such as Neville Alexander, Rachael Wynberg, Nigel Crawhall, and Nicoli Nattrass. CHRI director Lynn Huntley provides an "Afterword."

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Grappling With Change by Yazeed Fakier (Cape Town: David Philip Publishers and Idasa, 1998). A senior writer with Cape Town’s morning newspaper, Cape Times, Fakier examines how South Africans are coping post-apartheid especially in the nation’s schools and poor communities. This 112 page, soft cover book puts nation building on a personal level and tells how many citizens of all races are grappling with the necessities and options of change.

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Beyond Racism, Race and Inequality in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States, the first wide-ranging, comparative anthology on race and racism in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States. The volume is edited by Charles V. Hamilton, professor emeritus, Columbia University; Lynn Walker Huntley, CHRI director; Wilmot James, dean, University of Cape Town; Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães, professor, University of São Paulo; and Neville Alexander, professor, University of Cape Town.


This 630 page soft cover book begins with a comparative, historical essay by George M. Fredrickson, professor of history, Stanford University, and includes a diverse set of portraits and analyses written by the editors and other scholars and activists, including South African sociologist Jeffrey Lever; Mamphela Ramphele, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town; and others. The volume also contains a section examining notions of "whiteness" in each nation and several, comparative essays by john a. powell, professor of law, University of Minnesota, Nancy Birdsall, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Lesley O’Connell, consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, Francis Wilson, professor of economics, University of Cape town, and Jonas Zoninsein, professor of economics, University of Michigan. The book concludes with a provocative section on "prospects" with essays and comments for each country by Neville Alexander, professor, University of Cape Town; Derrick Bell, professor of law, New York University; Antonio Sérgio Guimarães, professor, University of São Paulo; and others [published summer 2001 by Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO].

To order your copy, please click on the link below. Mention code NBA when ordering. Hamilton, et. al (hardcover), ISBN 26-026-7 $65.00 plus shipping and postage; Hamilton, et. al (paperback), ISBN 26-002-X $23.50 plus shipping and postage. You can also order by phone or by fax with a credit card. Phone: 303-444-6684, Fax: 303-444-0824, and you can order by mail to Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301. Include payment when ordering by mail.

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Beyond Racism, Embracing an Interdependent Future (working title), the complete Report of the International Working and Advisory Group of the Comparative Human Relations Initiative (CHRI), including detailed citations, sources and an annotated bibliography [forthcoming in 2000-2001].

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