Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Erica Chito Childs

Subject Categories

Family, Life Course, and Society | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology of Culture

Keywords

Colorism, Race Studies, Anti-Haitianism, Dominican Republic, Eurocentricity, Identity

Abstract

Colorism has been perpetuated in Dominican culture across generations. That along with a colonial mentality has shaped the racial identity and ideologies of their people. I explore what historical and societal factors play into identity in Dominican women. Additionally, I delve into the history of blackness on the island of Hispañola and how it has led to the perpetuation of colorism. I show how this perpetuation influences the racial self-identity of Dominican women through different forms of media and culture.

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