The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (Paperback)

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The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (Paperback)

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Latin American Studies Association Haiti-Dominican Republic Section Isis Duarte Book Prize


From the rise of dictator Rafael Trujillo in the early 1930s through the twelve-year rule of his successor Joaqu n Balaguer in the 1960s and 1970s, women are frequently absent or erased from public political narratives in the Dominican Republic. The Paradox of Paternalism shows how women proved themselves as skilled, networked, and non-threatening agents, becoming indispensable to a carefully orchestrated national and international reputation. They garnered concrete political gains like suffrage and paved the way for their continued engagement with the politics of the Dominican state through intense periods of authoritarianism and transition.


In this volume, Elizabeth Manley explains how women activists from across the political spectrum engaged with the state by working within both authoritarian regimes and inter-American networks, founding modern Dominican feminism, and contributing to the rise of twentieth-century women's liberation movements in the Global South.



Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Elizabeth S. Manley is associate professor of history at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813069425
ISBN-10: 0813069424
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English