politics in the Dominican republic / Ernesto Sagás. -
Gainesville : University press of Florida, 2000. -
XII-160 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
|NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR
: Ernesto Sagás examines the historical development and
political use of antihaitianismo, a set of racist and xenophobic
attitudes prevalent today in the Dominican Republic that broadly
portray Dominican people as white Catholics, while Haitians are viewed
as spirit-worshipping black Africans. More than just a ploy to generate
patriotism and rally against a neighboring country, the ideology also
is used by Dominican leaders to divide their own lower classes.
Sagás looks at the notions of race held by Dominican elites in
their creation of an imaginary « white » nation,
particularly as the ideas were developed throughout the colonial era,
then intellectually refined in the late 19th century, and later exalted
to a state ideology during the Trujillo era. Finally, he examines how
race and nationalist anti-Haitian feelings still are manipulated by
conservative politicians and elites who seek to maintain the status
quo, drawing on examples from recent political rhetoric and cartoons,
campaign advertisements, and public school history textbooks.
The first book-length study of antihaitianismo, this work offers
important lessons for studying racial and ethnic conflict as well as
nationalism and comparative politics.
❙ Ernesto Sagás
teaches in the Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean
Studies at Rutgers University. Recently he was guest editor of a
special issue of the Latino Studies Journal devoted to Dominicans in
the United States.
- « Dominican
migration : transnational perspectives » ed. by Ernesto
Sagás and Sintia E. Molina, Gainesville : University press
of Florida, 2004
|mise-à-jour : 30 octobre 2007