Document Type

Conference Paper

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-2009

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Lozano Long Conference

Conference Location

Austin, Texas

DOI of Published Version

10.17077/ca25-egqi

Total Pages

26 pages

Abstract

This paper employs comparative historical analysis to trace the development of shifting notions of otherness and changes in the racialization of Nicas and Afro-Costa Ricans over time. I find that both Afro-Costarrican and Nicaraguan minority groups have been central to the national identity, albeit in distinct ways. Racialized comparisons between “dark-skinned” Nicaraguans and “white” Costa Ricans, has created a third way in the Costa Rican context, where traditionally mestizo Nicaraguan immigrants become darkened or “blackened” and Afro-Costa Ricans are simultaneously privileged and disadvantaged as localized and preferred others.

Comments

This is a draft. Please do not cite without the author’s permission.

Rights

Copyright © 2009 Erica Townsend-Bell

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/polisci_pubs/9