This is an attempt to introduce more clarity into debates and concepts relating to multiculturalism and affirmative action in Latin America on the basis of a theoretical discussion and examples from Brazil and Mexico. The underlying concern is with affirmative action as it relates to social justice. Starting out with the issues arising from the use of self-assignment in deciding on individuals’ eligibility for affirmative action, the pape reviews arguments in the debate over universalism and identity-driven responses to racial exclusion. Analysis reveals the limitati

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