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This chapter deals with the issue of autonomy and interdependency in the Brazilian associative tradition. Its point of departure is the debate on civil society autonomy as it was set up during the 1980s. The discussion moves beyond this debate by placing it in the context of the democratization debates and the lack of any overlap between state and civil society in Brazil at that point. The chapter shows that this debate was overcome by the institutional architecture of the Constitution of 1988 with the different designs of state and civil society collaboration.

This chapter formulates a mapping of the field of Black politics in contemporary Afro-Latin America, focusing in the period from the 1980s until the present. It especially maps the heterogeneous field of Afro-Latin American politics wherein there are actors from states, transnational organizations, communities, and social movements within and beyond what this book analyzes as the civil society agenda.

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