Joaquin Balaguer, Memory, and Diaspora

Joaquin Balaguer, Memory, and Diaspora : The Lasting Political Legacies of an American Protege

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Joaquin Balaguer, Memory, and Diaspora takes from and expands upon a growing and diversified body of scholarship on the enduring effects of authoritarian legacies among local and diasporic populations. It uncovers a relationship between memory and political pedagogy, revealing the authoritarian leadership practices that produce effective ideological strategies and that enhance authoritarian leaders' memory capital.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 5 Tables, unspecified; 7 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0739176463
  • 9780739176467

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Memory and Political Pedagogy Chapter 1: The Context of Memory Chapter 2: Creating the Unforgettable Chapter 3: Memorable Rhetoric Chapter 4: Autobiography and Memory Chapter 5: Fighting Sites Chapter 6: The Memory of Publics Chapter 7: Memories Intertwined Chapter 8: Memory and Trust Conclusions: Lasting Legacies Bibliography
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Review quote

There is no doubt that in light of Balaguer's political importance, we should welcome the new book by Ana Liberato. Apart from Jonathan Hartlyn's magnificent 1998 study on the intricacies of the Balaguer regime, it is the first serious English-language monograph on Balaguer...Liberato's book provides many interesting and inspiring insights into Dominican political history and the ways in which Balaguer's legacy continues to influence society and politics...Thus, all scholars interested in Dominican political culture should read this book. Hispanic American Historical Review More than a decade after his death, memories of Joaquin Balaguer's long tenure in power still evoke passionate feelings, and his political legacy is now hardwired into the consciousness of Dominicans, both at home and abroad. Ana S. Q. Liberato's study of Balaguer's political practices and discourse provides the reader with valuable insights into the intellectual toolbox of a cunning, crafty politician often overlooked in Latin American studies. She uncovers the facts behind the myth, contesting Balaguer's elevation to 'Father of (Dominican) Democracy' while reexamining his checkered legacy. Joaquin Balaguer, Memory, and Diaspora sheds light on the storied career of a highly influential Dominican politician and highlights the importance of myth and memory as political phenomena. A must for students of political culture in Latin America. -- Ernesto Sagas, Colorado State University A pioneering, laudable undertaking, this book meaningfully explores the construction of public memory as applied to the complex ways in which Dominicans at home and in the diaspora remember the legacy of Joaquin Balaguer, a fiendishly shrewd politician who ruled his country autocratically while bargaining for a seat in posterity among the democrats. -- Silvio Torres-Saillant, Syracuse University
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About Ana S. Q. Liberato

Ana S. Q. Liberato is associate professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky.
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