This paper offers a synopsis of the current scholarship mapping the social and economic exclusion of women of African descent in Brazil. It highlights the work of and role played by Afro-Brazilian women scholars and activists in redressing the paucity, until recently, of basic data and research on the life conditions of women of African descent. Finally, it provides some initial thoughts on the national and transnational dynamics of knowledge production underlying this state of affairs.
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The definitive version was published as Lebon, Nathalie. Beyond Confronting the Myth of Racial Democracy: The Role of Afro-Brazilian Women Scholars and Sctivists. (2007) Latin American Perspectives, 34 (6), pp. 52-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0094582X07308263