The Paradox of Paternalism discusses the various ways in which Dominican women furthered their own agenda by engaging with and resisting the paternalistic state during a half‐century marked by two separate periods of authoritarian rule. Whereas women's political presence has been somewhat muted in other historical studies of this period, Manley adeptly challenges these patriarchal understandings of the past. By presenting a wealth of archival research, she convincingly argues that through local, national and transnational activism, Dominican women were able to influence both the longevity and demise of these two authoritarian regimes, while building the foundations of a national women's movement that would endure well beyond the legacy of dictatorship.The chapters take a chronological approach and by tackling a broader historic period than other similar studies, from the ascendancy of dictator Rafael Trujillo in the late 1920s up until the end of his successor Joaquin Balaguer's regime in 1978, Manley is able to illustrate the changing dynamics of the symbiotic relationship between paternalistic authoritarianism and maternalistic politics. She argues that by capitalising on the paternal model of the authoritarian state and its need to reinforce women's traditional roles as mothers and caretakers to foster a symbolic national identity, or
Gender & History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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