The Devil behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic
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The Devil behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 Andrés, Gregory's study deftly demonstrates how tr...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by University of California Press (first published November 4th 2006)
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Apr 05, 2008 Vanessa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marie
...A FANTASTIC study of the southern Dominican Republic's twin communities of Andrés and Boca Chica, places (and people within them) increasingly defined and structured by their relationship to the region's tourist economy. Steven takes as his central theoretical interest the island's social division of labor and asks important questions about the relationship among place-making, gender construction, representation, and ever-mutating forms of racialization as they're brought to bear in the lives...more
Christopher Rex
An excellent anthropological study of the DR concentrating on 2 microcosms in the country - Boca Chica & Andres. It looks beyond the statistics of economists and the vague headlines of journalists and looks "behind the mirror" into everyday lives of Dominicans. He is very "wordy" and clearly wrote this as an academic study. In that sense it is not the best for the casual reader. But, it is a very interesting examination of what the World Bank, the WTO and other free-trade promoters often ign...more
Mar 08, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in globalization, the Dominican Republic, or tourism.
Recommended to Josh by: Theresa
Stephen Gregory went deep in his study of globalization's impact on economics, citizenship, and gender in a particular region outside of Santo Domingo, DR. Gregory provides scads of compelling anecdotes and conversation transcripts which he follows up with theoretical musings on how space, time, and relations have all transformed due to linkages with global space, time, and relations. His style is a bit choppy but he comes across a very talented field researcher, an endeavor on which I desperate...more
Amanda A.
Good book. Prof. Girish Daswani's class on globalization.
Steven Gregory's anthological account of Dominican Republic during 1985-2001, followed by a 2005 Afterward, recounts the transnational process associated with globalization's impact on the lives and livelihoods of people in the Dominican Republic. His study was done in Boca Chica as well as a limited surrounding area. His thoroughly documented resources at times made it a difficult read.
Meg Petersen
This contained some fascinating scenes, but the theorizing was clumsily done and he didn't tie it together at all at the end. That said, the scenes he portrayed really got me thinking and seeing things in a new way.
The content was worthwhile, but the presentation was seriously marred by unnecessary sociological verbiage. Why can't social scientists learn to write cleanly?
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