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Author Wigginton, Sheridan, author

Title Unmastering the script : education, critical race theory, and the struggle to reconcile the Haitian other in Dominican identity / Sheridan Wigginton and Richard Middleton IV
Published Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University of Alabama Press, [2019]
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Contents Introduction: Books, bias, and blackness : how the Haitian other helps tell the story of Dominican history and identity -- La Trinitaria : the elevation of whiteness and normalization of a pigmentocracy in Dominican society -- Truth and Trujillo : a critical approach to studying the Trujillo dictatorship -- The "masters" of the script : Joaquin Balaguer, Jose Francisco Pena Gomez, and the anti-Haitian nation -- Dominican national identity : social science textbooks and the boundaries of blackness -- Color, classrooms, and the Haitian other
Summary ""Unmastering the Script: The Struggle to Reconcile the Haitian Other in Dominican Identity" examines how school curriculum-based representations of Dominican identity navigate black racial identity, its relatedness to Haiti, and the culturally entrenched pejorative image of the Haitian Other in Dominican society. The authors analyze how social science textbooks and historical biographies intended for young Dominicans reflect an increasing shift toward a clear and public inclusion of blackness in Dominican identity that serves to renegotiate the country's long-standing "anti-black" racial master script. This book argues that although many of the attempts at this inclusion reflect a lessening of "black denial," when considered as a whole, the materials often struggle to find a consistent and coherent narrative for the place of blackness within Dominican identity, particularly as blackness continues to be meaningfully related to the otherness of Haitian racial identity"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Blacks -- Race identity -- Dominican Republic
Curriculum change -- Dominican Republic
Dominicans (Dominican Republic) -- Ethnic identity
Ethnicity -- Dominican Republic
National characteristics, Dominican
National characteristics, Haitian -- Foreign public opinion, Dominican
Textbook bias -- Dominican Republic
Blacks -- Race identity.
Curriculum change.
National characteristics, Dominican.
Race relations.
Textbook bias.
Dominican Republic -- Race relations
Haitians -- Dominican Republic -- Ethnic identity
Dominican Republic.
Form Electronic book
Author Middleton, Richard T., IV, 1974- author
ISBN 0817392459
Other Titles Education, critical race theory, and the struggle to reconcile the Haitian other in Dominican identity