Interracial marriage in the last Portuguese Colonial Empire

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Abstract

The paper presents both the institutional background and the government philosophy regarding equality and non-prejudice within all of the territories under Portuguese sovereignty in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as tests carried out to discover if the decision to marry and racial homogamy could be considered independent variables, using annual data from statistical yearbooks relating to the colonies. The conclusions demonstrate the existence of a social prejudice towards inter-racial marriage. The paper supports the belief that social divisions based on ethnicity must be included as part of the explanation for decolonization and independence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalE-Journal of Portuguese History
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Colonialism
  • Marriage
  • Prejudice
  • Social Cleavages
  • Last Portuguese Colonial Empire

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