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The Decline of the White Idiosyncratic: Racialization and Otherness in Costa Rica
Lozano Long Conference
  • Erica Townsend-Bell, University of Iowa
Document Type
Conference Paper
Peer Reviewed
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Publication Date
2-1-2009
Conference Location
Austin, Texas
Total Pages
26
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.
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Copyright © 2009 Erica Townsend-Bell
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Erica Townsend-Bell. "The Decline of the White Idiosyncratic: Racialization and Otherness in Costa Rica" Lozano Long Conference (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/erica_townsend_bell/1/