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The Paradox of PaternalismWomen and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic$
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Elizabeth S. Manley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054292

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054292.001.0001

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Neither Russia nor the United States

Neither Russia nor the United States

Women and the Search for Legitimate Democracy, 1961–1965

(p.121) 4 Neither Russia nor the United States
The Paradox of Paternalism

Elizabeth S. Manley

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 addresses three inter-related strategies employed by women following the demise of the Trujillato to reconstruct the body politic in the face of drastic political transition, a second U.S. occupation, and general social upheaval. First, Dominican women again called on the rhetoric of motherhood and maternalism in support of a return to domestic tranquility and for a nation free of dictatorial politics and foreign meddling. Second, political participation by women served to demonstrate a re-envisioning of the nature of Dominican politics through their burgeoning support of full gendered equality. Third, as now long-term members of a number of inter-American organizations, women called for continental solidarity to return sovereignty to Latin American nations plagued by foreign intervention, particularly their own. These strategies demonstrate both the potential for maternal politics as a form of national healing as well is its limitations for creating true gender equity.

Keywords:   Trujillato, Dominican women, rhetoric of motherhood, maternalism, domestic tranquillity, political participation, women, inter-American, maternal politics, gender equity

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