Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/195684
Title:
Ethnogenesis, Identity and the Dominican Republic, 1844 - Present
Author:
Douglas, Cynthia Marie
Issue Date:
2005
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
My dissertation is titled "Ethnogenesis, Identity, and the Dominican Republic, 1844-Present." The topic is important because of the centuries-long influences of colonialism where peoples' cultural and political identities are emerging through neo-colonial ideologies. The processes of ethnogenesis are embedded in colonialism-enslavement, ethnocide, genocide, and demographic collapse, to name a few. The expansive nature of imperialism has affected the cultural production of identity, to the extent that ethnogenesis can no longer be understood in isolation within particular societies because it operates in sophisticated networks where multilingual and multicultural factions create and re-create distinct identities through a sense of both history and hybridity.The research that I carried out in this study answered crucial questions relevant to a range of issues in the process of identity formation for a cohort of the African Diaspora in the West Indies. Rather than portraying changes as inevitable movements from colonialism to postcolonialism, I placed identity within a much broader scope of understanding in terms of the impact of historical evidence and material culture in the process of ethnogenesis. Probably the most important aspect of my research for academic circles is that it exemplified an example of identity not commonly associated with people of African descent in the Americas.There are significant numbers of Dominican immigrants living in and coming to the United States. These immigrants are socially located within a parameter of classification unlike anything they encountered in the Dominican Republic. My findings demonstrated that dark-skinned individuals do not self-identify as Black in the Dominican Republic yet when placed in the U.S. Diaspora there is many times no other choice than to be labeled Black along with many of its social implications. My findings also showed that although Dominicans have removed themselves from Blackness, they have not collectively detached themselves from distinct influences of their African heritage.To understand the Dominican Republic from the year 1844 to the present, it is necessary to unfold the intricate conditions present within the parameters of independence and dependence, diversity and sameness, and colonial and neo-colonial ideologies, which simultaneously divide and unite the "Self" and "Other."
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Postcolonialism; Ethnogenesis; Transnationalism; Diaspora
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Language, Reading & Culture; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Ruiz, Richard

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleEthnogenesis, Identity and the Dominican Republic, 1844 - Presenten_US
dc.creatorDouglas, Cynthia Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Cynthia Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractMy dissertation is titled "Ethnogenesis, Identity, and the Dominican Republic, 1844-Present." The topic is important because of the centuries-long influences of colonialism where peoples' cultural and political identities are emerging through neo-colonial ideologies. The processes of ethnogenesis are embedded in colonialism-enslavement, ethnocide, genocide, and demographic collapse, to name a few. The expansive nature of imperialism has affected the cultural production of identity, to the extent that ethnogenesis can no longer be understood in isolation within particular societies because it operates in sophisticated networks where multilingual and multicultural factions create and re-create distinct identities through a sense of both history and hybridity.The research that I carried out in this study answered crucial questions relevant to a range of issues in the process of identity formation for a cohort of the African Diaspora in the West Indies. Rather than portraying changes as inevitable movements from colonialism to postcolonialism, I placed identity within a much broader scope of understanding in terms of the impact of historical evidence and material culture in the process of ethnogenesis. Probably the most important aspect of my research for academic circles is that it exemplified an example of identity not commonly associated with people of African descent in the Americas.There are significant numbers of Dominican immigrants living in and coming to the United States. These immigrants are socially located within a parameter of classification unlike anything they encountered in the Dominican Republic. My findings demonstrated that dark-skinned individuals do not self-identify as Black in the Dominican Republic yet when placed in the U.S. Diaspora there is many times no other choice than to be labeled Black along with many of its social implications. My findings also showed that although Dominicans have removed themselves from Blackness, they have not collectively detached themselves from distinct influences of their African heritage.To understand the Dominican Republic from the year 1844 to the present, it is necessary to unfold the intricate conditions present within the parameters of independence and dependence, diversity and sameness, and colonial and neo-colonial ideologies, which simultaneously divide and unite the "Self" and "Other."en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectPostcolonialismen_US
dc.subjectEthnogenesisen_US
dc.subjectTransnationalismen_US
dc.subjectDiasporaen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLanguage, Reading & Cultureen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairRuiz, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMoll, Luis C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGilmore, Perryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMajewski, Teresitaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAnders, Patricia L.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1386en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137355386en_US
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