Brazilian Immigration and the Quest for Identity

Brazilian Immigration and the Quest for Identity
Catarina Fritz
November 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-385-1 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xiv, 160 pages

Price   $65.00

The importance of the topic, the well-structured research design, and the pleasant narrative style make this book useful and interesting for all social science scholars, policy makers, social science students at both graduate and undergraduate level, as well as for the lay public. -- Contemporary Sociology


This book is a detailed study of the lives of a group of young Brazilians living in the greater Boston area, the majority of whom entered the country illegally. It explores the extent to which their origins in a more racially fluid environment affects their adaptation to a society with a much more rigid form of racial categorization. In what ways does their adaptation to the racial hierarchy influence their lives in the United States and how their varying ancestry and legal status impact this process? The book provides further insight into the debate about “post-racialism” and the changing dynamics of race relations in contemporary American society.

About the Author

Catarina Fritz, was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in Argentina and Australia working with immigrants in a variety of capacities. She obtained her PhD in sociology at Boston University and has taught at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and is currently on the faculty at Minnesota State University –Mankato.