Management Seminars: Eloisio Moulin

20 November 2018, 12.00 PM - 20 November 2018, 1.30 PM

Eloisio Moulin

1.01 Howard House

Title: The intersection between race and social class in Brazil: an analysis of management student discourses


Based on empirical research this seminar seeks to understand the construction of racial identity in the Brazilian social context and its intersections with social class, aiming to analyse the occurrence of race resignification in this intersectional process, a process called the classification of race herein. Interviews were held with undergraduate management students from a Brazilian university. The data were analysed from a postcolonial perspective, which allowed us to conclude that the boundaries between race and class are quite tenuous, to the point that racial aspects are reduced to merely being questions of social class. At the same time, social class acts as a form of whitening. The reduction of race to social class is a strategy of denying race as a social marker that produces inequalities and denying the existence of structural racism in Brazilian society, bearing the myth that Brazil is a racial democracy.

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Eloisio Moulin de Souza is  professor at Federal University of Espírito Santo/Brazil at the Management Department. Leader of the "Research Group about Power in Organizations" (GEPO). Dedicated to studying the following subjects: (a) to analyze the power devices present in contemporary organizations and their relationship to gender, sexuality, race, class, and body, using as main approach the post-structuralism and queer theory, (b) to research theories developed in the organizational field, aiming to discuss power-knowledge relations in a historical-social perspective that attempts to understand issues about ontological and epistemological aspects in Organizational Studies; (c) Studying total institutions and their relations to the (re)production of the social differences. 

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