1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies

Edited By Bernd Reiter, John Antón Sánchez Copyright 2023
    680 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    680 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides a comprehensive roadmap to the burgeoning area of Afro-Latin American Studies.

    Afro-Latins as a civilization developed during the period of slavery, obtaining cultural contributions from Indigenous and European worlds, while today they are enriched by new social configurations derived from contemporary migrations from Africa. The essays collected in this volume speak to scientific production that has been promoted in the region from the humanities and social sciences with the aim of understanding the phenomenon of the African diaspora as a specific civilizing element. With contributions from world-leading figures in their fields overseen by an eminent international editorial board, this Handbook features original, authoritative articles organized in four coherent parts:

    • Disciplinary Studies;

    • Problem Focused Fields;

    • Regional and Country Approaches;

    • Pioneers of Afro-Latin American Studies.

    The Routledge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies will not only serve as the major reference text in the area of Afro-Latin American Studies but will also provide the agenda for future new research.


    Alfonso Múnera Cavadía


    Bernd Reiter and John Antón Sánchez

    Part 1: Disciplinary Studies

    1. A Short History of Afro-Latin American Studies, 1890-2020

    George Reid Andrews

    2. The Socio-Cultural Anthropology of Afro-Latin America: A Brief Illustrative History

    Kevin A. Yelvington

    3. A Global Overview of Sociological Studies on Afro-Descendants

    Rocío Vera Santos

    4. Afro-Latin American Linguistics from African Nationalities to American Demonyms

    Rafael Perea Chalá Aluma

    5. African Diaspora Archaeology in Latin America: Advances and Future Debates

    Daniela C. Balanzátegui Moreno

    6. Logbook to Describe the Routes of Afro-Latin American Literature

    Nevis Balanta Castilla

    7. Economic Inequities in Life Opportunities for Afro-Descendants in Latin America: A Literary Review

    Carlos Augusto Viáfara López and Oscar Jehiny Larrahondo Ramos

    8. "Afro Latin American Legal Studies"

    Tanya Katerí Hernández

    9. "Afro-Latin American Politics"

    Ollie A. Johnson III

    10. Afro-Latin American Geography

    Ylver Mosquera-Vallejo

    11. The Difficult Decolonization of Latin American Psyche

    Maria Stella D’Agostini

    Part 2: Thematic Fields of Study

    12. Studies on Slavery

    Marcelo Rosanova Ferraro

    13. Studies on Racialized Relations

    Peter Wade

    14. Studies on Racial Classifications in Latin America

    Edward Telles

    15. Nations, Castes, Qualities, and Races in Latin American Viceregal Societies: Ambiguities in the Denomination of Afro-Descendant Populations

    María Elisa Velázquez Gutiérrez

    16. From cordial to structural racism

    Flavia Rios and Jaciane Milanezi

    17. Studies on The Black Atlantic and Pacific

    Sergio Costa and Manuel Góngora-Mera

    18. "Afro-descendant Territorialities in Latin America": Assertions, Processes and Dilemmas

    Alexander Huezo and Ulrich Oslender

    19. The Negritude Movement in Latin America

    Carlos Alberto and Valderrama Rentería

    20. Human Rights in Afro-Latin America

    Kwame Dixon

    21. Afrodescendants, Multiculturalism, and the Adoption of Ethnoracial Law in Latin America

    Jean Muteba Rahier

    22. Studies on Democracy and Afro-Descendant Political Participation in Latin America

    Gabriela Iturralde Nieto

    23. Black Feminisms in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contributions to the State of the Art

    Anny Ocoró Loango and Rosa Campoalegre Septien

    24. Patterns of urban racial residential segregation in Latin America: the cases of Brazil and Colombia, Fernando Urrea-Giraldo

    Valentina Valoyes Vélez and Luis Gabriel Quiroz Cortés

    25. Afro-Latin American Music in Perspective: Studies and Narratives From and Toward the Territory

    Fernando Palacios Mateos

    26. The Rise of the Afrodiasporic Meta-Genres and the Global Afro-Latinx Music

    Noel Allende Goitía

    27. African inspired religions in Latin America

    Luciana Duccini and Miriam C. M. Rabelo

    28. Challenges for Public Policies of Recognition and Inclusion

    Palmira N. Ríos González

    29. Marronage in the Great Caribbean

    Pedro Lebrón Ortiz

    30. Black Marxists or Black Marxisms? A Decolonial Gaze

    Ramón Grosfoguel

    31. Studies on Demographics and social indicadors (CEPAL): Afrodescendants in Latin America and their Sociodemographic Realities

    Paula Lezama

    32. Post-Abolition Black Migrations: New Approaches to the Movement of Afro-descendants From Colonial Times to the Present

    Darien Davis

    Part 3: Regional or country study approaches

    33. Afro-Brazilian Studies from a Black Perspective

    Mário Augusto Medeiros da Silva

    34. Perspectives Denied. Afro-Descendant Studies in Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay

    María José Becerra and Diego Buffa

    35. A historical, socio-political and discourse approach to the emerging field of Afroperuvian Studies

    Mariela Noles Cotito and Sharun Gonzalez Matute

    36. Afro-Ecuadorian Studies

    John Antón

    37. Afro-Bolivian Past(s) and Present(s) in Scholarship

    Sara Busdiecker

    38. Afro Colombian Studies: From the liberal reforms of the 1940s to the COVID19 era in the 2020s

    Aurora Vergara Figueroa and Yoseth Ariza-Araújo

    39. Afro-Panamanian Studies

    Gersán A. Joseph Garzón

    40. Overcoming Invisibility. Afro-Descendants in Central America

    Carlos Agudelo

    41. From Miscegenation Policies to Constitutional Recognition: A State of the Art in Afro-Mexican Studies

    María Camila Díaz and María Elisa Velázquez

    42. In Defense of Black Life: A Brief Cultural History of Anti-Racist Efforts in Puerto Rico

    Hilda Lloréns and Bábara Abadía-Rexach

    43. Culture, Race and Nation in Afro-Cuban Studies. Trajectories and Challenges of an Open Field of Study

    Milena Annecchiarico

    44. Haitian Studies Rising

    Mariana Past

    45. Afro French Antillian Studies

    Jaqueline Allain

    46. An Introduction to Afro-Dominican Studies

    Diego Ubiera

    47. Afro-Venezuelan Studies in Two Times. Four Versions of One Reality

    Diógenes Díaz

    Part 4: Pioneers or classics of Afro-Latin American Studies

    48. Melville Herskovits

    Kevin Yelvington

    49. Pioneers and Continuing Contributors of Afro-Cuban Studies

    Tomás Fernández Robaina

    50. Lélia Gonzalez, a intelectual afro-latin american

    Flavia Rios

    51. José Carlos Luciano Huapaya (1956 – 2002)

    Ana Lucia Mosquera

    52. Aquiles Escalante Polo: Anthropologist and Educator of Afro-Colombian, Black, Maroon, and Indigenous Plurality

    Rubén Hernandez Cassiani

    53. Rogerio Velásquez Murillo: Pioneer of Anthropology of Negredumbre

    José Antonio Caicedo Ortiz

    54. Jacob Gorender and Studies on Slavery in Brazil

    Mário Maestri

    55. Manuel Zapata Olivella: A Wandering Thinker (1920–2004)

    William Mina Aragon

    56. Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán, Pioneer in the Study of the Black Population in Mexico

    Yesenia Olaya

    57. Robert Cooper West (1913-2001)

    Claudia Leal León

    58. Jean Price-Mars: Anti-west Resistance, African Rapprochement as an Approachment to Humanism and Hatianness

    Frantzso Marcelin

    59. René Depestre

    Kaiama L. Glover

    60. Abdias Nascimento

    Elisa Larkin

    61. Gilberto Freyre: Race Relations in Brazil: Gilberto Freyre as Their Interpreter

    Roberto Motta

    62. Franklin E. Frazier

    Livio Sansone

    63. Roger Bastide (1898–1974) in Afro-Brazilian Studies

    Jocélio Teles dos Santos

    64. Raimundo Nina Rodrigues: The Physician and His Informants, the Scientist and the Specialists

    Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

    65. Edison Carneiro, Between the Scientist and the Native

    Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

    66. Manuel Querino

    Sabrina Gledhill

    67. Juan García ‘Worker of the process’ and Pioneer of Afro-descendant Studies in Ecuador

    Rocío Vera Santos

    68. Nina S. de Friedemann and the African shadow

    Jaime Arocha

    69. Luz María Martinez Montiel, a Mexican Africanist, Pioneer in Afro-Mexican Studies

    Citlalli Domínguez

    70. Ruth Landes and the Interstices of a Research Field: Race and Gender Relations in Getúlio Vargas’s Brazil

    Claudia Miranda

    71. Racial Prejudice and Stigma of Disease in the Work of Oracy Nogueira

    Laura Cavalcanti

    72. Virginia Leone Bicudo: A Pioneer in Studies on Race Relations in Brazil

    Marcos Chor Maio

    73. Angelina Pollak-Eltz

    Missael Duarte Somoza

    74. Beatriz Nascimento: Intellectual, Activist and Poet

    Alex Ratts


    Bernd Reiter is a professor for the department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Texas Tech University. His publications include Decolonizing the Social Sciences and the Humanities (2021), Legal Duty and Upper Limits (2020), Constructing the Pluriverse (2018), among others. He served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, Brazil from 2021 to 2022.

    John Antón Sánchez is a specialist in Social Development (Universidad del Choco, 2001). He has an MA in Sociology of Culture (Universidad de Colombia, 2005) and a PhD in Social Sciences (Flacso, 2009). He was formerly head of Social Sciences for UNESCO, Andean Region (2020-2011) and dean of Universidad Técnica Luis Vargas Torres de Esmeraldas (2016-2017). He has been a Flacso guest lecturer at the Chair of the African Diaspora in the Americas; he is a former professor of Anthropology at Universidad de San Francisco in Quito. His research topics are elated to the African diaspora in the Americas; race, racism, and inequalities; Afro-descendant social movement; theory of the rights of peoples and nationalities; as well as topics on Afro-descendant anthropology relates to ancestral knowledges, religiosity, and healing practices. He is interested in the history of Sub-Saharan Africa, legal sociology and the archeology of slavery. At the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN), he is head of the Chairs on Fundamental Principles of Public Service, Theory of the State, and Public Policies.

    "Wide ranging, ambitious, and exemplary inclusive, this timely volume offers a learned and accessible update to the burgeoning field of Afro-Latin American Studies. The richness of the field is in full display here, in disciplinary, topical, regional, and authorial terms. The result is a singular contribution to collective efforts to center race, racism, and racial stratification in how we study Latin America."

    Alejandro de la Fuente, Director of Afro Latin American Research Institute (ALARI), Harvard

    "This Handbook is exemplary of how to map a vast field in a single volume. It is the product of a well-crafted project led by two outstanding researchers who conceived a complex cartography of the most salient themes, main historical referents, principal questions, diverse debates, key authors, and plural perspectives in Afro-Latin American Studies. The collection is comprehensive in its breath while maintaining analytical depth. It integrates an impressive variety of research ranging from a genealogy of the field and its elaboration in different disciplines, transversal themes such as: comparative slaveries and maroonage, racial formations and racism, negritude, cultural production (literature, music, religion), social movements (urban and rural), Black feminisms, state racial policies and forms of citizenship, land rights and human rights, and socio-economic conditions of Black peoples through the continent; along with particular histories of Afrodescendents in countries across the whole region; as well as a repertoire of pioneer figures and distinctive dimensions of Afro-Latin American thought. The quality of the chapters and the broad range of coverage makes it the most complete collection of Afro-Latin American Studies available. It should certainly become a fundamental source and necessary reading in the rising field of Afro-Latin American Studies, and as such in the overall transdiscipline of Africana Studies."

    Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts at Amherst