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Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199340101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199340101.001.0001

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Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin America

Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin America

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(p.118) Chapter 7 Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin America
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Representation
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Mala Htun

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199340101.003.0007

Analyzing national parliaments in six Latin American countries, this chapter presents fresh data on the political inclusion of Afrodescendant women. In addition, it reflects more generally on what it means to represent the interests of intersectionally disadvantaged subgroups. Following Mansbridge, the chapter argues that Afrodescendant women in power offer surrogate representation by taking action to combat disadvantage. Motivated by a concern for other members of their category as well as pressure from the international development community, they have raised awareness about racism and social exclusion.

Keywords:   women, racism, representation, Latin American, Afrodescendant

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