I use the Dominican Republic as a case study to reflect on issues of social development, state formation, religion, politics, social movements, citizenship, and democracy. My explorations of Dominican society began with a monograph on State and Society in the Dominican Republic (Westview Press, 1995), an essay that provides an interpretation of Dominican society through the 19th and 20thcenturies. As a follow up to this research, in collaboration with Dr. Hobard Spalding, I edited The Dominican Republic Today, a book that explains the transformation of Dominican society in the 1980s (The Buildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, 1995).
I also published The Catholic Church and Power Politics in Latin America: The Dominican Case in Comparative Perspectives (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). This monograph examines the role of the Catholic Church in political mediation in five Latin American nations. It was translated into Spanish in 2009 and, in 2010, the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic gave it the National Book Award in recognition for its contribution to the understanding of Dominican society.
In 2016, the Archivo General de la Nación in the Dominican Republic published my book In Search of Citizenship: Social Movements and Democratization in the Dominican Republic, a monograph in Spanish that analyzes a variety of social movements including, labor, peasant, urban poor, teachers, and environmentalists. It explains how, through their social struggles, these movements have contributed to the development of social citizenship and democratization.
In addition, in 2016, Palgrave McMillan, published Popular Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Latin America: Democracy from Below, a volume I edited with the collaboration of Dr. Carlos Figureoa Ibarra of the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. This collection combines a bottom-up and top-down approach to the study of social movements in relationship to the development of constituent power in Latin America. Presently, I am doing preliminary research for a new book on the social transformation of the northern Cibao region in the Dominican Republic and writing a paper on the 4% movement for pre-university education in the Dominican Republic.
Emelio R. Betances
Professor, Latin American Studies
Phone: (717) 337 - 6299
Box: Campus Box 0412
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Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
BA Adelphi University, 1978
MA Rutgers University, 1982
PhD Rutgers University, 1989