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The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic

Elizabeth S. Manley


In the Dominican Republic, the period from the ascendancy of dictator Rafael Trujillo in the late 1920s through the twelve-year rule of his successor Joaquín Balaguer in 1978 has been understood through a highly masculine and paternalist lens. This book argues, however, that Dominican women throughout this period engaged in local and national politics, operated within complex inter-American relations, and employed the most current global political discourse to further their diverse personal and political agendas. Through various political circles and the maternalist discourse they engendered, ... More

Keywords: women, transnational, women's liberation, authoritarian, paternalism, maternalist politics, Dominican Republic, inter-American, twentieth century, global south

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054292
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth S. Manley, author
Xavier University of Louisiana