Diversity, Development, and the Politics of the Census in Latin America

Mara Loveman

Part of the Spring 2014Bay Area Latin America Forum

February 28, 2014

Event Description

Over the last two decades, Latin American states have abandoned color-blind approaches to counting their populations on national censuses. This talk will explain why Latin American states have embraced ethnic and racial classification of their citizens and discuss broad implications for the politics of diversity and development in the region.


Mara Loveman is an associate professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Her book, National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America, will be published this spring.