Stirring the <i>Sancocho</i>

Kimberly Eison Simmons

in Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036755
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041858 | DOI:
Stirring the Sancocho

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This chapter considers the history of immigration to the Dominican Republic with a focus on the state, the census, and categories of mestizaje (processual “race mixture”). Attention is also paid to blanqueamiento (whitening) practices, the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1930–1961), and the construction of Dominican nationality and mixedness, with the institutionalization of the color category indio to represent the majority of Dominicans on the cédula, the national identification card.

Keywords: blanqueamiento; cédula; census; Dominicanness; indio; mestizaje; Rafael Leonidas Trujillo; Sancocho

Chapter.  8264 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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