What is it about?

We discuss structural violence regards black people in Brazilian context, what fact that leads to development of special rights to this group of people, especially in the access to higher education.

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Why is it important?

We interpret affirmative actions with reference to structural violence, which is accompanied by legitimizing discourses that tend to make discrimination appear natural and unquestionable.


Special-rights terminology establishes the discussion of affirmative actions in higher education in a broader and, at the same time, more profound conceptual framework related to interpretations of social justice. Simultaneously, special-rights terminology brings an educational specificity to the discussion of affirmative actions. Thus, we see affirmative actions as being both a general sociopolitical and specific education- al challenge.

Guilherme Henrique Gomes da Silva
Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho

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This page is a summary of: Affirmative actions in terms of special rights: Confronting structural violence in Brazilian higher education, Power and Education, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1757743819837682.
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