By Steven Gregory
Within the satan in the back of the replicate, Steven Gregory presents a compelling and intimate account of the impression that transnational strategies linked to globalization are having at the lives and livelihoods of individuals within the Dominican Republic. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork performed within the adjoining cities of Boca Chica and Andr?s, Gregory's examine deftly demonstrates how transnational flows of capital, tradition, and folks are mediated via contextually particular energy relatives, politics, and heritage. He explores such issues because the casual economic system, the making of a telenova, intercourse tourism, and racism and discrimination opposed to Haitians, who occupy the bottom rung at the Dominican monetary ladder. leading edge and wonderfully written, The satan at the back of the reflect masterfully situates the research of world financial switch in daily lives.
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When Paredes García found that his salary as a schoolteacher no longer provided a living wage for his family, he quit his job and began working as a welder at a curbside car and motorcycle repair shop. Elwin Polanco lost his job at a bakery in Andrés when its business declined. Like many young men, Elwin turned to the tourism economy, improvising a living as an unlicensed tourist guide, marijuana dealer, and occasional pimp. Many of these informal economic activities were clustered around Boca Chica’s tourism economy.
Minaya’s eldest sister was busy serving an elderly woman, who was complaining about the size and price of each item as it arrived—an onion, two carrots, a bullion cube, and a clump of tomato paste sealed in a plastic bag. Minaya chuckled as he reached into the freezer for a beer. “No es fácil, Doña Julia,” he said. ” We sat out front on plastic chairs. Minaya’s cousin Feo was playing dominoes with friends. It was now dark, and we could see the warm glow of the massive Coral Hamaca Beach Hotel across the bay and the headlight trail of cars driving east on the highway toward San Pedro de Macorís.
Perfecto,” Elwin said, surveying the party decorations and the dozen or so plastic chairs that had been arranged on the sidewalk in front of La Gloria. “Tonight, brother,” he said to me, “there will be nothing missing—beer, whiskey, food. ” Elwin told me that he had spent $1,000 pesos (US $60) on the birthday party. qxd 8/16/06 12:57 PM Page 43 THE POLITICS OF LIVELIHOOD 43 of hats. This evening he wore a brown felt, bowler-shaped hat that was down so far that it made his ears stick out at right angles.