Professor Peter Wade


A full list of publications can be found at my University staff profile page. See also, where several texts can be downloaded.

I no longer keep the list below up to date, as it entails duplicating information unnecessarily.

(Hay una lista de publicaciones en español.)


1. Books

2010      Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. Second, revised and updated edition. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745329475.

2009      Race and Sex in Latin America. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745329499.

2002      Race, Nature and Culture: An Anthropological Approach. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0745314597. 150pp.

2000      Music, Race and Nation: Música Tropical in Colombia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0745309887. xv + 323 pp. (Translated by Adolfo González as Música, raza y nación: música tropical en Colombia, Bogotá, Vicepresidencia de la República, Departmento Nacional de Planeación, 2002. ISBN 9589670725)

1997      Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. London: Pluto Press.  Series of Critical Studies on Latin America. ISBN 0745309887. viii + 152 pp. (Translated by María Teresa Jiménez as Raza y Etnicidad en América Latina, Quito, Editorial Abya Yala, 2000. ISBN 9978-04-640-2)

1993      Blackness and Race Mixture: The Dynamics of Racial Identity in Colombia. Baltimore: JohnsHopkinsUniversity Press. Series in Atlantic History and Culture. 1993. ISBN 0801844584; paperback edition, 1995. xv + 415 pp. (Translated by Ana Cristina Mejía as Gente negra, nación mestiza: las dinámicas de las identidades raciales en Colombia, with revisions and a new preface. Bogota, Ediciones Uniandes, Ediciones de la Universidad de Antioquia, Siglo del Hombre Editores, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología, 1997. ISBN 958-9057-71-3)


2. Edited works

2011      Rights, Cultures, Subjects and Citizens. Special issue of Economy and Society 40(2), co-edited with Susanne Brandtstadter and Kath Woodward.

2010      Technologized images, technologized bodies, edited by Jeanette Edwards, Penny Harvey and Peter Wade. Oxford: Berghahn Books (forthcoming).

2008      Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades: ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América latina, edited by Peter Wade, Fernando Urrea Giraldo and Mara Viveros Vigoya. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

2007      Race, ethnicity and nation: perspectives from kinship and genetics, edited by Peter Wade. Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 9781845453557.

2007      Anthropology and science: epistemologies in practice, edited by Jeanette Edwards, Penny Harvey and Peter Wade. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 9781845204990

2002      Special issue on ‘Black Identity and social Movements in Latin America: The Colombian Pacific region.’ Journal of Latin American Anthropology 7(2). ISSN 1085-7052.

2000      The Right to Difference is a Fundamental Human Right, edited by Peter Wade. Manchester: Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory. 52 pp. ISBN 0952783738

1998      In Anthropology, the Image Can Never Have the Last Say, edited by Peter Wade. Manchester: Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory. 54 pp. ISBN 095278372X.

1997      Cultural Studies will be the Death of Anthropology, edited by Peter Wade. Manchester: Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory. 75 pp. ISBN 0952783711.

1996      Advocacy in Anthropology, edited by Peter Wade. Manchester: Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory. 52 pp. ISBN 0952783703.


3. Articles in refereed journals

2013     ‘Articulations of Eroticism and Race: Domestic Service in Latin America’. Feminist Theory 14(2): 187-202. ISSN 1464-7001.

2013     ‘Blackness, Indigeneity, Multiculturalism and Genomics in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico’. Journal of Latin American Studies 45(2): 205-233.

2012     ‘Race and Skin Colour as Analytic Concepts’. Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(7): 1169-1173. ISSN 0141-9870 (Print), 1466-4356 (Online).

2011     ‘Multiculturalismo y racismo’. Revista Colombiana de Antropología 47(2): 15-35. ISSN 0486-6525.

2011     ‘Introduction: Rights, Cultures, Subjects and Citizens’, with Susanne Brandtstadter and Kath Woodward. Economy and Society 40(2): 167-183. ISSN 0308-5147 print, 1469-5766 online.

2010      ‘The Presence and Absence of Race’. Patterns of Prejudice 44(1): 43-60.

2009      ‘Defining Blackness in Colombia’. Journal de la Société des Américanistes 95(1). ISSN paper 0037-9174; ISSN online 1957-7842. [Click here for an uncorrected proof version.]

2008      ‘African Diaspora and Colombian Popular Music in the Twentieth Century’. Black Music Research Journal 28(2): 41-56. ISSN 0276-3605. [Click here for an uncorrected proof version.]

2008      ‘Población negra y la cuestión identitaria en América Latina’. Universitas Humanística 65: 117-137. ISSN 0120-4807 (Bogotá: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).

2006      ‘Afro-Latin Studies: Reflections on the Field’. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 1(1): 105-124. ISSN 1744-2222 paper, 1744-2230 online.

2005      ‘Hybridity Theory and Kinship Thinking’. Cultural Studies 19(5): 602-621. ISSN 0950-2386 print, 1466-4348 online.

2005      ‘Rethinking Mestizaje: Ideology and Lived Experience’. Journal of Latin American Studies 37: 1-19. ISSN 0022-216X

2004      ‘Race and Human Nature’. Anthropological Theory 4(2): 157-172. ISSN 1463-4996

2004      ‘Images of Latin American Mestizaje and the Politics of Comparison’. Bulletin of Latin American Research 23(3): 355-366. ISSN 0261-3050

2002      ‘The Colombian Pacific in Perspective,’ in special issue on ‘Black identity and social movements in Latin America: The Colombian Pacific region’, guest edited by Peter Wade. Journal of Latin American Anthropology 7(2): 2-33. ISSN 1085-7052

2001      ‘Racial Identity and Nationalism: A Theoretical View from Latin America’. Ethnic and Racial Studies 24(5): 845-865. Part of a special issue on ‘The Iberian Heritage: Constructed Identities’, guest-edited by M.K. Flynn. ISSN 0141-9870

1999      ‘Working Culture: Making Cultural Identities in Cali, Colombia’. Current Anthropology 40(4): 449-471. ISSN 0011-3204. [Versión en español aquí]


1998      ‘Blackness, Music and National Identity: Three Moments in Colombian History’. Popular Music, 17(1): 1-19, 1998. (Refereed) ISSN 0261-1430

1995      ‘The Cultural Politics of Blackness in Colombia’. American Ethnologist 22(2): 342-358. ISSN 0094-0496

1993      ‘“Race”, Nature and Culture’. Man 28(1): 1-18. ISSN 0025-1496

1993      ‘Region, Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality in Colombia’. In Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 15: 113-138. ISSN 0163-786X.

1993      ‘El movimiento negro en Colombia’. América Negra 5: 173-191. ISSN 0121-5914. 

1986      ‘Patterns of Race in Colombia’. Bulletin of Latin American Research 5(2): 1-19. ISSN 0261-3050

1985      ‘Race and Class: The South American Blacks’.  Ethnic and Racial Studies 8(2): 233-249. ISSN 0141-9870

1985      ‘Racial Discrimination in Colombia: Guises and Disguises’. Cambridge Anthropology 10(2): 15-27. ISSN 0305-7674


Articles in other journals


2006      ‘Etnicidad, multiculturalismo y políticas sociales en Latinoamérica: poblaciones afrolatinas (e indígenas)’. Tabula Rasa, Revista de Humanidades 4: 59-82. ISSN 1794-2489.

2004      Globalization and Appropriation in Latin American Popular Music (review essay)’. Latin American Research Review 39(1): 273-284. ISSN 0023-8791.

2003      ‘Compreedendo a “Africa” e a “negritude” na Colômbia: a música e a política da cultura’. Estudos Afro-Asiáticos 25(1): 145-178. ISSN 0101-546X

2003      ‘Repensando el mestizaje’. Revista Colombiana de Antropología 39: 273-296. ISSN 0486-65-25

2002      ‘Music and the Formation of Black Identity in Colombia’. NACLA Report on the Americas 35(6): 39-43. ISSN 0149-1598

2000      ‘Identidade racial, formação do Estado e nacionalismo: uma visão teórica’. Interseções: Revista de Estudos Interdisciplinares 2(1): 105-128. 2000. ISSN 1517-6088

1999      ‘La population noire en Amérique latine: multiculturalisme, législation et situation territoriale.’ Problèmes d'Amérique Latine 32: 3-16. ISSN 0765-1333

1998      ‘Class, Race and Identity in Caribbean Music’ (review essay). Plantation Society in the Americas. 5(1): 135-148. ISSN 0192-5059

1998      ‘Antropología social en los estudios británicos sobre Latinoamérica’. Anuario 1997 del Centro de Estudios Superiores de México y Centroamérica: 337-376.

1996      ‘Reflections on Passivity and Activity in Teaching and Learning’, Anthropology in Action 3(2): 28-29. ISSN 0967-201X

1996      ‘European Identities: Nationalism, Violence, Kinship and Popular Culture’ (review essay). Anthropological Notebooks 11(1): 142-146. Special issue, Multiple Identities edited by Borut Telban. ISSN 1408-032X (ISBN 961-90451-0-6)

1994      ‘Negros, indígenas e identidad  nacional en Colombia’. Cuadernos de Historia Latinoamericana 2. Special issue, Imaginar la Nación, edited by François-Xavier Guerra and Mónica Quijada, pp. 257-288. ISBN 3825823016

1994      ‘Noirs et indiens en Colombie’. Cahiers des Amériques Latines 17. Special issue, Identité et couleurs en Amérique latine edited by Christian Gros, pp. 125-140. (Invited contribution.). ISSN 0008-0020

1993      ‘Respuestas a los comentarios de Orlando Fals Borda y Cornelio Reyes sobre “El Movimiento Negro en Colombia”’. América Negra 6: 227-230, 233-235. 1993. ISSN 0121-5914.

1989      ‘Pautas de raza en Colombia’. Informes Antropológicos 3: 33-46. (Translation of ‘Patterns of Race in Colombia’. Invited contribution) ISSN 0121-2079.

1991      ‘The Language of Race, Place and Nation in Colombia’. América Negra 2: 41-66. ISSN 0121-5914

1990      ‘Relaciones inter-étnicas en el Urabá chocoano’. In Boletín de Antropología, 7 (23): 55-76. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. (Invited contribution) ISSN 0010-6364

1990      ‘El Chocó: una región negra’. Boletín Cultural del Museo del Oro 29: 121-149  (appeared in 1993). (Invited contribution.) ISSN 0120-7296.

1988      ‘The Cultural Dynamics of Blackness in Colombia: Black Migrants to a ‘White’ City’. In Afro-Hispanic Review 7(1,2,3): 53-59. (Invited contribution) ISSN 0278-8969.

1987      ‘Raza y ciudad: los chocoanos en Medellín’. In La Revista Antioqueña de Economía y Desarrollo 27: 34-46. (Invited contribution) ISSN 0120-0310

1987      ‘Raza y clase: los negros de América Latina’. Revista de Antropología de la Universidad de los Andes 3(1): 33-50. Bogotá. (Invited contribution)


Contributions to books


2011. ‘Race, kinship, genetics and the ambivalence of identity’. In Identity Politics and the New Genetics: Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging, edited by Katharina Schramm, David Skinner and Richard Rottenburg. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 79-96.

2009. ‘Race, identité et parenté’. In Les défis contemporains de la parenté, edited by Enric Porqueres. Paris: EHESS.

2008     ‘Race in Latin America’. In Blackwell Companion to Latin American Anthropology. Edited by Deborah Poole. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 177-192.

2008      (with Fernando Urrea Giraldo and Mara Viveros). ‘Identidades racializadas y sexualidades en América Latina: a manera de introducción’ In Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades: ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América latina. Edited by Peter Wade, Fernando Urrea Giraldo and Mara Viveros Vigoya (Bogotá: Centro de Estudios Sociales (CES), Universidad Nacional de Colombia): 17-40. ISBN 978-9581-8063-60-7.

2008      ‘Debates contemporáneos sobre raza, etnicidad, género y sexualidad en las ciencias sociales’. In Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades: ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América latina. Edited by Peter Wade, Fernando Urrea Giraldo and Mara Viveros Vigoya. (Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia): 41-66. ISBN 978-9581-8063-60-7.

2007      ‘Identidad racial y nacionalismo: una visión teórica de Latinoamérica’. In Formaciones de indianidad: articulaciones raciales, mestizaje y nación en América Latina. Edited by Marisol de la Cadena (Popayán, Colombia: Envión Editores): 379-402. ISBN: 978-958-44-2281-1.

2007      ‘Identity, Ethnicity, “Race”’. In Blackwell Companion to Latin American History. Edited by Thomas Holloway. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405131612.

2007      ‘Modernity and Tradition: Shifting Boundaries, Shifting Contexts’. In When was Latin America Modern? Edited by Stephen Hart and Nicola Miller. (London: Palgrave Macmillan): 49-68. ISBN 9781403980004.

2007      ‘Race, ethnicity and nation: perspectives from kinship and genetics’ In Race, ethnicity and nation: perspectives from kinship and genetics. Edited by Peter Wade (Oxford: Berghahn Books): 1-31. ISBN 978-1-84545-355-7 (in press).

2007      ‘Introduction: epistemologies in practice’ (with Jeanette Edwards and Penny Harvey). In Anthropology and science: epistemologies in practice. Edited by Jeanette Edwards, Penny Harvey and Peter Wade (Oxford: Berg): 1-18. ISBN 9781845204990

2006      ‘Understanding “Africa” and “Blackness” in Colombia: Music and the Politics of Culture’. In Afro-Atlantic Dialogues: Anthropology in the Diaspora. Edited by Kevin Yelvington. (Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press): 351-378.  ISBN 1930618468.

2005      ‘Colombia’. In The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. Vol. 3. Caribbean and Latin America. Edited by John Shepherd, David Horn and Dave Laing.  (New York, London: Continuum Books): 297-304. ISBN 0826474365

2004      ‘Los guardianes del poder: biodiversidad y multiculturalidad en Colombia’. In Conflicto e (in)visibilidad: retos de los estudios de la gente negra en Colombia. Edited by Eduardo Restrepo and Axel Rojas. (Popayán: Editorial Universidad del Cauca): 249-269. ISBN 9589475590

2003      ‘Race and Nation in Latin America: An Anthropological View’. In Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. Edited by Nancy Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson and Karin A. Rosemblatt. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press): 263-281. ISBN 0807854417

2003      ‘Race in Latin America’. In The Companion to Latin American Studies. Edited by Philip Swanson. (London: Edward Arnold Ltd.): 185-199. ISBN 0340806818

2002      ‘Construcciones de lo negro y del África en Colombia: política y cultura en la música costeña y el rap’. In Afrodescendientes en las Américas. Trayectorias sociales e identitarias. 150 años de la abolición de la esclavitud en Colombia. Edited by Claudia Mosquera, Mauricio Pardo and Odile Hoffmann. (Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, Insitut de Recherche pour la Développement, Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos): 245-278. ISBN 9587011767

2002      ‘Musical Nationalism in Transnational Perspective: Colombian Popular Music’. In I Sing the Difference: Identity and Commitment in Latin American Song. Edited by Jan Fairley and David Horn. (Liverpool: Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool): 106-116. ISBN 1898806063

1999      ‘Trabajando con la cultura: grupos de rap e identidad negra en Cali’. In De montes, ríos y ciudades: territorios e identidades de la gente negra en Colombia. Edited by Juana Camacho and Eduardo Restrepo (Bogotá: Fundación Natura, Ecofondo, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología): 263-286. ISBN 958-95712-5-5

1999      ‘The Guardians of Power: Biodiversity and Multiculturality in Colombia’. In The Anthropology of Power: Empowerment and Disempowerment in Changing Structures. Edited by Angela Cheater. (London: Routledge): 73-87. ISBN 0-415-19389-3

1999      ‘Representations of Blackness in Colombian Popular Music’. In Representations of Blackness and the Performance of Identities. Edited by Jean M. Rahier. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press): 173-191. ISBN 0-89789-607-6

1999      ‘Colombia’, ‘Córdoba, Diego Luis’, ‘Latin America: Blacks and Indians in: An Interpretation’, ‘Vallenato’. In Africana: the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (New York: Basic Civitas Books): 475-478, 520, 1127-1132, 1933-1934. ISBN 0-465-00071-1

1998      ‘The Cultural Politics of Blackness in Colombia’ and ‘Migrants in Medellín’. In Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean: Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations, Vol. 1. Edited by Norman E. Whitten and Arlene Torres. (IndianaUniversity Press): 311-334, 377-425. ISBN 0-253-33404-7

1997      ‘Die Schwarzen, die Schwarzenbewegungen und der kolumbianische Staat’. In Kolombien heute: Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur. Edited by Werner Altmann, Thomas Fischer and Klaus Zimmermann. (Frankfurt am Main: Vervuert Verlag): 89-107. ISBN 389354562X

1997      ‘Social Anthropology in British Latin American Studies’. In Thirty Years of British Latin American Studies. Edited by V. Bulmer-Thomas. (London: Institute of Latin American Studies): 82-100. ISBN 1-900039-13-3

1997      ‘Colombia’. In Popular Music Studies: a Select International Bibiliography. Edited by J. Shepherd et al. (London and Washington: Mansell): 315-317. ISBN 0-7201-2344-5

1997      ‘Entre la homogeneidad y la diversidad: la identidad nacional y la música costeña en Colombia’. In Antropología en la modernidad: identidades, etnicidades y movimientos sociales en Colombia, edited by María Victoria Uribe and Eduardo Restrepo. (Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología): 61-92. ISBN 958-612-171-2

1997      ‘Nation, “Race” and Music in Colombia’. In Music on Show: Issues of Performance. Edited by Tarja Hautamäki and Helmi Järviluoma. (Tampere, Finland: Department of Folk Tradition, University of Tampere): 336-349. ISBN 951-44-4290-3 (ISSN: 0357-0010)

1996      ‘Identidad y etnicidad en la región del Pacífico’. In Pacífico: ¿desarrollo o diversidad? Estado, capital y movimientos sociales en el Pacífico colombiano. Edited by Arturo Escobar and Alvaro Pedrosa. (Bogotá: CEREC/Ecofondo): 283-299. ISBN 958-9061-87-7

1995      ‘Black Music and Cultural Syncretism in Colombia’. In Slavery and Beyond: The African Impact on Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by Darién J. Davis. (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Books): 121-146. ISBN 0842024859

1994      ‘Representation and Power: Blacks in Colombia’. In The Social Construction of the Past: Representation as Power, edited by George C. Bond and Angela Gilliam. One World Archaeology Series, no. 24. (London: Routledge): 59-73. ISBN 0415090458

1994      ‘Blacks, Indians and the State in Colombia’. In The Presented Past: Heritage, Museums and Education, edited by Peter G. Stone and Brian L. Molyneaux. One World Archaeology Series, no. 25. (London, Routledge): 418-437. ISBN 0415117682

1994      ‘Man the Hunter: Gender and Violence in Music and Drinking Contexts in Colombia’. In Sex and Violence: Issues in Representation and Experience. Edited by Peter Gow and Penelope Harvey (London: Routledge): 115-137. ISBN 0415057337

1994      ‘Afro-Colombians’. In Encyclopedia of World Cultures. Vol. 7. South America. Edited by Johannes Wilbert. General editor David Levinson. (Boston: G.K. Hall): 14-19. ISBN 081688840X

1993      ‘Sex and Masculinity in Fieldwork among Colombian Blacks’. In Gendered Fields, edited by Diane Bell, Pat Caplan and Wazir Karim. (London: Routledge): 199-214.  ISBN 0415062519

1993      ‘Gente negra, nación multicultural’. In Presencias y ausencias culturales, edited by Corporación para la Producción y Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Cultura. (Bogotá: CORPRODIC): 97-119. ISBN 958953354X

1993      ‘La construcción de “el negro” en América Latina’. In La construcción de las Américas. Edited by Carlos Alberto Uribe. Proceedings of the 6th Congress of Anthropology in Colombia, July 1992. (Bogotá: Universidad de los Andes): 141-158. ISBN 9589557236

1993      ‘La relación Chocó-Antioquia: ¿un caso del colonialismo interno?’. In Colombia pacífico,  Vol. 2, edited by Pablo Leyva. (Bogotá: Fondo Energético Nacional): 436-453. ISBN 9589129285

1990      ‘Black Culture and Social Inequality in Colombia’. In Cultural Encounters, edited by R. Cecil and D.J.P. Wade. (London: Octagon Press, for the Institute of Cultural Research): 135-158. ISBN 0863040500. (Also published by ICR as a Research Monograph, no. 28, 1989. 24 pp. ISBN 0904674169)

1986      ‘Relaciones étnicas e identidad en el Urabá chocoano’. In La participación del negro en la formación de las sociedades latinoamericanas, edited by A. Cifuentes (Bogotá: Colcultura): 97-116. (Invited contribution) ISBN 9586120236


Electronic publications


N.D.      ‘Law 70 (Law of Black Communities),’ ‘Cimarrón,’ ‘Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN),’ ‘Diego Luis Córdoba’. Entries in Global mappings: a political atlas of the African diaspora, an online multimedia resource hosted by the Institute for Diasporic Studies, NorthwesternUniversity @

2000      ‘Cultural Politics of Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean’. In Encarta Africana 2000. Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Microsoft CD-ROM, 2nd edition.

1998       ‘Blacks and Indians in Latin America’, ‘Cimarrón’, ‘Colombia’, ‘Córdoba, Diego Luis’, ‘Vallenato’. In Encarta Africana. Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis