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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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Race and Modernity in Hispaniola

Race and Modernity in Hispaniola

Tropical Matters and Development Perspectives

(p.203) 9 Race and Modernity in Hispaniola
Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

David Howard

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between race and modernity in Hispaniola. In particular, it considers earlier concepts of ‘tropical geography’ within the context of current global economic and cultural perspectives. It first discusses the embedded nature of ‘race-thinking’ in development issues, and specifically within the context of the Dominican Republic. It then shows how the Caribbean has transitioned from acting as a crucible of modernity to becoming a locus for postmodern concepts of creolization and postcolonialism, thus generating — and been subject to — a range of intellectual and material engagements with globalization. In highlighting the Caribbean as part of the ‘tropics’, the chapter reveals previously privileged epistemologies, enduring metaphors, and beliefs that have shaped representations of the region, but which have been challenged in order to redefine today’s societies.

Keywords:   race, modernity, Hispaniola, tropical geography, development, Dominican Republic, Caribbean, creolization, globalization, tropics

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