Culture and Customs of the Dominican Republic

Culture and Customs of the Dominican Republic

by Isabel Zakrzewski Brown

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The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, has a rich history beginning with the first inhabitants, the Taíno indians, to the Spanish conquistadors, African slaves, and numerous waves of immigrants. Culture and Customs of the Dominican Republic is the first book to encompass the vibrancy of the land, its people, and their cultures and customs. It surveys the daily lives of average Dominicans and also the unusual folk practices of the rural populace. Attention is also given to the thriving Dominican community in New York City, the Dominacanyors.

Students and interested readers will be intrigued by this insider's affectionate portrait of the Dominicans. This little-known culture is illuminated with chapters on the land, its history, and people; religions; social customs; media and film; literature; performing arts; architecture, art, sculpture, and photography. Culture and Customs of the Dominican Republic is a major contribution to the understanding of the developing Caribbean and Hispanic peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313360558
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1999
Series: Cultures and Customs of the World
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 618,097
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

ISABEL ZAKRZEWSKI BROWN is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of South Alabama, Mobile./e She teaches Spanish, Latin American civilization, and Latin American literature.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



The Dominican Republic: The Land, Its History, and Its People


Social Customs

Media and Cinema


Performing Arts

Architecture, Art, Sculpture, and Photography



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