In The Devil behind the Mirror, Steven Gregory provides a compelling and intimate account of the impact that transnational processes associated with globalization are having on the lives and livelihoods of people in the Dominican Republic. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the adjacent towns of Boca Chica and Andres, Gregory's study deftly demonstrates how transnational flows of capital, culture, and people are mediated by contextually specific power relations, politics, and history. He explores such topics as the informal economy, the making of a telenova, sex tourism, and racism and discrimination against Haitians, who occupy the lowest rung on the Dominican economic ladder. Innovative and beautifully written, The Devil behind the Mirror masterfully situates the analysis of global economic change in everyday lives.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Politics of Livelihood 2. The Spatial Economy of Difference 3. Structures of the Imagination 4. Sex Tourism and the Political Economy of Masculinity 5. Race, Identity, and the Body Politic 6. The Politics of Transnational Capital Afterword Notes References Index
Steven Gregory, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Columbia University, is author of Santeria in New York City: A Study in Cultural Resistance and Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community. He coedited Race with Roger Sanjek.