Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production

Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the United States and Brazil

  • Editors
  • Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour
  • Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: In Pursuit of Du Bois’s “Second-Sight” through Diasporic Dialogues

    1. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour
      Pages 1-11
  3. Institutions as Gate-Keepers and Game-Changers

  4. RWB: Researching While Black and Female in Brazil

  5. Black Brazilians’ Reflections in the United States: Myth of a Racial Radical Paradise

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-226

About this book


In this co-edited volume, Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman have invited contributors of African descent from the United States and Brazil to reflect on their multidimensional experiences in the field as researchers, collaborators, and allies to communities of color. Contributors promote an interdisciplinary perspective, as they represent the fields of sociology, political science, anthropology, and the humanities. They engage W.E.B. Du Bois' notion of 'second-sight,' which suggests that the unique positionality of Black researchers might provide them with advantages in their empirical observations and knowledge production. They expose the complex and contradictory efforts, discourses, and performances that Black researchers must use to implement and develop their community-centered research agenda. They illustrate that 'second-sight' is not inevitable but must be worked at and is sometimes not achieved in certain research and cultural contexts.


Afro-Brazilians black researchers African Diaspora positionality knowledge production community democracy environment gender Institution Latin America Nation politics social science sociology Transnational

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