This issue of Souls takes up the issue of Neoliberalism and Cultural Politics in Dubai and Brazil is anchored by two articles about Black identity and anti-Black racism in two of the world’s ‘magnet’ cities.
NEOLIBERALISM AND CULTURAL POLITICS IN DUBAI AND BRAZIL (Vol. 15 #4)
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
Both Joao Costa Vargas essay on police violence and pacification programs in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and Zenzele Isoke’s study of women hip hop artists and their dynamic black identities in the desert city of Dubai offer an opportunity to look at the changing politics and economics of race and blackness at a time with ‘postracialism’ and ‘postblack’ serving as misleading descriptors in the current vocabulary. In addition to the two anchor articles we have invited a roster of distinguished scholars to respond to Costa Vargas and Isoke in terms of how these essays resonate with their own scholarship and what questions they raise for future scholarship, and perhaps activism.