Dominicans and the Political Realm of Latinidad in New York City

In: Latinidad at the Crossroads
Fernando Aquino
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This chapter examines the political progress and incorporation of Dominicans into the political circles of New York City since 1991, the year marking the election of the first Dominican to the New York City Council, and addresses the concept of latinidad in the context of Dominican Identity and electoral politics. It also investigates the impact of demographic reshuffling, transnationalism, individual leadership, communal and civic organization, and institutional support or rejection, including the impact of what is left of the so-called “political machines” in New York City. Using the Dominican situation as a case study, the analysis takes place within the larger Latino/a political context, revealing that a blurred boundary between pan-ethnic identity and group identity exists, with communities and individual actors changing hats between the perceived Latino agenda and their own specific community agenda.

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