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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic
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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Kimberly Eison Simmons

Abstract

In Latin America and the Caribbean, racial issues are extremely complex and fluid, particularly the nature of “blackness.” What it means to be called “black” is still very different for an African American living in the United States than it is for an individual with African ancestry in the Dominican Republic. Racial categories were far from concrete as the Dominican populace grew, altered, and solidified around present notions of identity. In effect, the African past was buried in historical memory, and Dominicans were denied their blackness due to concerted socialization efforts of the state ... More

Keywords: African diaspora, African past, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Latin organizations, Caribbean organizations, blackness, Dominican Republic, Dominicans, African Americans, mixedness, racial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813036755
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036755.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly Eison Simmons, author
University of South Carolina

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