Nikki PayneGraduate Student
investigates the correlation between practices which I call technologies of
whitening (includes hair-straightening skin-lightening and rhinoplasty) and
citizenship in the Dominican Republic. How does “looking Dominican” (read: not
black) affect ones access to certain social and physical spaces? How does the ascription
of certain individuals as ugly or beautiful delineate their space, and do technologies
of whitening then help citizens circumvent such socio-spatial restrictions.
I will be in the field in January 2010