Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
William H. Boone
This study analyzed the social predicament of Ecuador’s black population. The main
objectives of the dissertation were to explain the low social status of Afro-Ecuadorians
from a political economy perspective; to analyze the concept of race and Minority Rights
as an aspect of human rights; and to focus the debate on the Republic of Ecuador’s human
rights policy regarding its black population.
In this methodology, political economy, race analysis and minority rights theory
were developed. It was argued that in black Ecuador slavery, “concertaje,” “mestizaje,”
racial democracy, dependency underdevelopment and white supremacy, as developed in
the Ecuadorian context, have severely limited the social mobility of Afro-Ecuadorians.
The researcher concluded that developments in the political economy of Ecuador
since the abolition of slavery have brought little change for the Afro-Ecuadorian
population. This process of socio-economic exclusion is based on a deliberate policy that
excludes Afro-Ecuadorians from civil society.
Dixon, David, "Race, class and national identity in black Ecuador: Afro-Ecuadorians and the struggle for human rights" (1977). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. Paper 193.