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This chapter critically examines the strategies and achievements of Afro-Colombian social movements from the late 1980s to 2000. Informed by Gramsci’s insights about the relationship between the state and civil society and postcolonial feminist scholarship, the chapter’s analysis steers clear of binary explanations of power and resistance. It finds that the outcomes of black organizing are contradictory and contingent on different factors. Afro-Colombians have gained remarkable national and global visibility partly because of Colombia’s official multiculturalism, and of Law 70 of 1993, which grants ethnic, territorial, and socioeconomic rights to black communities. But even as several tenets of Law 70...

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