Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Danilo Contreras ─ Ethnoracial Reclassification as a ‘Weapon of the Weak’

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Marginalized individuals in ethnoracially diverse societies, especially stratified ones, would seem most likely to mobilize politically along ethnoracial lines. Contreras argues that, under certain conditions, individuals will deal with ethnoracial discrimination and stratification through exit rather than voice. That is, they will reclassify their way out of marginalized ethnosomatic categories instead of voting for candidates and parties that share their ethnoracial identities.This may help to explain why ethnoracial identity is of low salience in elections in Latin America, particularly in Afro-Latin America. He will present evidence from the case of the Dominican Republic.

Danilo Antonio Contreras is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

Development and Governance Seminar