The Global Affirmative Action Praxis Project (“Praxis Project” or “GAAPP”) is an initiative which seeks to connect students studying human rights issues, social stratification and inclusion policies at Columbia Law School, and students enrolled or affiliated with the Critical Race Studies Specialization at UCLA School of Law, with advocates and other policymakers promoting race conscious remedies around the world generally, and in Brazil in particular.  The Praxis Project is informed by the increasing importance of transnational conversation and collaboration regarding racial inequality and seeks to mobilize comparative legal analysis to imagine the possibilities and limitations of anti-discrimination remedies in both countries.

Brazil is an important site for comparative exploration within this transnational conversation for a number of reasons.  First, as a result of evolving conceptions of race, the U.S. and Brazil, once thought to be at opposite extremes, have come to resemble each other in critical respects. Sociologist Howard Winant suggests that “each country is experiencing a deepening awareness of the complexity and permanence of racial difference.”  In the U.S., race is becoming “more complicated and nuanced,” as evidenced by its decreasing salience in popular discourse regarding inequality.  Meanwhile in Brazil, race is becoming “more politicized,” where just a decade ago the language of race was absent as an explanatory force for social stratification.

As a result, in late March & April 2010 students from UCLA visited Brazil to participate in thought provoking conferences, workshops and peer-to-peer dialogue. The students collected their thoughts and commentary on the GAAPP 2010 blog.

You can read and view images from their experience here.

Also, below you can view a slide show from the visit:

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

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