Latin American Studies Association Haiti-Dominican Republic Section Isis Duarte Book Prize
“This worthy addition to gender relations literature allows Manley to elaborate on her premise of the utility of female participatory experiences in authoritarian regimes as a vehicle for feminist progress. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice
“Fills in the yawning lacunae concerning women’s roles during the reigns of the two infamous Dominican caudillos of the twentieth century. . . . This assiduously researched monograph deserves an audience beyond specialists in the Dominican Republic, to reach anyone interested in women and dictatorship.”—American Historical Review
“Amply demonstrates the extent, limits, and iterations of maternalism, including Trujillista women’s promotion of state welfare for poor women and children, opposition women’s defense of their homes, families ripped apart by regime violence, and female governors’ community welfare activism under Balaguer.”—Hispanic American Historical Review
”The book makes a significant contribution to the understanding of women’s political participation in the Dominican Republic during a long stretch of the twentieth century, focusing on women of both the right and the left, both progovernment and antigovernment. The analysis is solid and methodical; the reading is engaging.”—New West Indian Guide
Watch author Elizabeth S. Manley discuss The Paradox of Paternalism with Heather Hennes, translator of Minou Tavárez Mirabal’s The Letters of Minerva Mirabal and Manolo Tavárez, and Stephanye Hunter, UF Press editor-in-chief and acquiring editor for Latin American and Caribbean studies:
Elizabeth S. Manley is associate professor of history at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.