Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner - Anthem Series in Citizenship and National Identities (Paperback)
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Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner - Anthem Series in Citizenship and National Identities (Paperback)

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Published: 07/02/2023
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This book offers a critical perspective into social policy architectures primarily in relation to questions of race, national identity and belonging in the Americas. It is the first to identify a connection between the role of international actors in promoting the universal provision of legal identity in the Dominican Republic with arbitrary measures to restrict access to citizenship paperwork from populations of (largely, but not exclusively) Haitian descent. The book highlights the current gap in global policy that overlooks the possible alienating effects of social inclusion measures promulgated by international organisations, particularly in countries that discriminate against migrant-descended populations. It also supports concerns regarding the dangers of identity management, noting that as administrative systems improve, new insecurities and uncertainties can develop. Crucially, the book provides a cautionary tale over the rapid expansion of identification practices, offering a timely critique of global policy measures which aim to provide all people everywhere with a legal identity in the run-up to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781839988295
Number of pages: 146
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 26 mm


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"Tracking the rise of identity systems technologies and their inevitable abuses, Dr Hayes de Kalaf unsettles the standard binary of migrant/citizen and by focusing on the case of the Dominican Republic, uncovers a growing threat to our planetary commonwealth. Brilliant and urgent, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in questions of national belonging - which is more or less everyone.” — Junot Díaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a MacArthur Fellow and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US.

“In this important book, Eve Hayes de Kalaf explores the murky discrepancies between citizenship and legal identity in a powerful interrogation of contemporary forms of statecraft that strip minoritized citizens of their legal status and render them stateless in the only country they have ever known. Focused on the predicament of native-born citizens of the Dominican Republic who have been branded as ‘Haitians’ and ‘illegal immigrants,’ this book is a study with profound worldwide ramifications and crucial lessons for the study of citizenship, statelessness, and identity.” — Nicholas De Genova, University of Houston, US

“An innovative look at the politics of legal citizenship in the Dominican Republic. Hayes de Kalaf's deft analysis shows how ‘soft’ strategies of legal exclusion by the Dominican state have come to replace the ‘hard,’ problematic repression of the past.” — Ernesto Sagás, Colorado State University, US

“Dr. Hayes de Kalaf brilliantly exposes the exclusionary, discriminatory and racist practices taking place in the Dominican Republic, highlighting the struggles citizens born in the country are now facing as they battle with the state to acquire essential paperwork and obtain access to welfare, education and health services.” — Gibrán Cruz-Martínez, Institute of Public Goods and Policies, CSIC, Spain

Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic makes a compelling argument for considering the experiences of Haitian-descended populations within the broader context of global efforts to address under registration.[…] This book offers an analytic perspective that underscores the urgent need for international policy solutions that protect all people. - New West Indian Guide

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“Really excited to read this book!”

This is a timely publication! We need to know more about the impact of contemporary ID registration systems and their potential for exclusion. Recommended.

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“Very Timely”

This book makes an important contribution to our knowledge of ID systems and their potentially harmful effects by focusing a key and often overlooked case study of the Dominican Republic. It will likely be of wide... More

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“An important publication - a must read!”

This book gives us a much-needed insight into how states can use civil registries to block their own citizens from accessing welfare, health and other essential services. Although the world has been quick to embrace... More

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