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Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery--CANCELLED--

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, G08 109 Tower Road


CANCELLED--A legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, Brazil is home to the largest number of African descendants outside Africa and the greatest number of domestic workers in the world. Drawing on ten years of interviews and ethnographic research, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman examines the lives of marginalized informal domestic workers who are called “adopted daughters” but who live in slave-like conditions in the homes of their adoptive families. She traces a nuanced and, at times, disturbing account of how adopted daughters, who are trapped in a system of racial, gender, and class oppression, live with the coexistence of extreme forms of exploitation and seemingly loving familial interactions and affective relationships. Highlighting the humanity of her respondents, Hordge-Freeman examines how filhas de criação (raised daughters) navigate the realities of their structural constraints in the context of pervasive norms of morality, gratitude, and kinship. In all, Professor Hordge-Freeman clarifies the link between contemporary and colonial forms of exploitation, while highlighting the resistance and agency of informal domestic workers. 

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Global Cornell, Latinx Student Success Office

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Event space is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an Assisted Listening System (ALS)

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Free and Open to the General Public and the Cornell Community

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