Being La Dominicana

Being La Dominicana

Race and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo

Dissident Feminisms

by Rachel Afi Quinn

Published by: University of Illinois Press

264 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780252085802
  • Published: July 2021

£19.99

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Dominican women being seen—and seeing themselves—in the media Rachel Afi Quinn investigates how visual media portray Dominican women and how women represent themselves in their own creative endeavors in response to existing stereotypes. Delving into the dynamic realities and uniquely racialized gendered experiences of women in Santo Domingo, Quinn reveals the way racial ambiguity and color hierarchy work to shape experiences of identity and subjectivity in the Dominican Republic. She merges analyses of context and interviews with young Dominican women to offer rare insights into a Caribbean society in which the tourist industry and popular media rewards, and rely upon, the ability of Dominican women to transform themselves to perform gender, race, and class. Engaging and astute, Being La Dominicana reveals the little-studied world of today's young Dominican women and what their personal stories and transnational experiences can tell us about the larger neoliberal world.