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Shade of Citizenship: Race, Citizenship in Modern Politics

A very vexing topic of discussion indeed when it comes to the census and its racial undertones.

The census can be defined as the scientific method of collecting data as records for the government or state use for the proper control of public properties. However, what completely alters the whole process is its highly comparative analytical stance adopted which inserts in elements of difference. The census is a crucial political instrument for good governance in the proper administration and organization of data collection of the population. It functions as a tool of differentiation and recognition in its attempt of grouping and segmenting the population/citizens. Therefore, …show more content…

Brazilians attest belonging to a single race (Brazilian) despite being multiracial. Differences are based on person’s skin colour. However, these colour attributes do not reduce or reject racial origins but rather relate to them. ‘Race’ therefore matters in Brazil as the US: the root of all forms of inequalities. Nobles argues that Brazilians reveal that the mere self-recognition of a society as multiracial doesn’t render racial origins inconsequential. Shade of citizenship explores the politics of race census and citizenship as put forward in a review, drawing on the complex history of questions about race in the US and Brazilian censuses. The book is a reconstruction of the history of racial categorization from its 1st census to the 2000 census and the point drawn is that the census can be eyewash for much deeper underlying power game throughout the history of the ‘human race.’ Analyzing the mechanics of racial categorization, it is but evident that censuses resort to the elite management of racial identity and power play. The backbone of the whole intellectual position of the book is that census-taking serves the masquerade of hegemonic binary dialectics of the Eurocentrism to demonstrate the racial superiority of the white

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