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Chapter 5

Week 6 TDBTM chapter 5 notes

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Girish Daswani

WEEK 6 THE DEVIL BEHIND THE MIRROR CHAPTER 5 Race, Identity, and the Body Politic An illegal person cannot produce a legal person Gerard Avin was a masterful raconteur (a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestiand used his narratives to craft relationships with potential clients for his guided tour business Gerard was also a man who made his living on the illicit fringes of the tourism industry, questions of power, difference, and global economic change were of as much interest to Gerard as they were to me, and certainly more pressing This chapter is also a meditation on the relationship of the racialized subject to power, on the slippery dialect between subjection and agency, and on the discourses, practices, and bodies through which subjection is channelled and mediated Gerards struggle was economic: the ever pressing problem of making a living under circumstances that were anything but favourable Power, Knowledge, and the Crafting of Subjectivity Gerard states the Boca Chica is his prison, so to escape, he needs to marry someone outside of the country Lively black market in Boca Chica, making it possible for people to attend public schools and qualify for other public services The stimulation and dissimulation of identity was not only a strategy for establishing and negotiating citizenship rights but also a modality of practice through which they claimed disparate forms of social and cultural capital and attachments to the global order As identity (racial, ethnic, and linguistic) was linked to social mobility, both real and imagined, its crafting was a status-bearing claim to prestige and prerogatives across the hierarchical landscape of the zona turistica and the world beyond Gerard had positioned himself as a Dominican on the side of the law, demonstrating his skill at manipulating the linguistic and visual cues by which people recognized ethnic identities Object lessons in the ethics of solidarity and reciprocity informing the social relations and exchanges among Haitians in Boca Chica www.notesolution.com
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