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Being La DominicanaRace and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo$
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Rachel Afi Quinn

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043819

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043819.001.0001

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Sites of Identity

Sites of Identity

Facebook, Murals, and Vernacular Images

(p.31) 1 Sites of Identity
(p.iii) Being La Dominicana

Rachel Afi Quinn

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how place and identity are tied to visual culture for Dominican women, including images circulated in online spaces. The author considers the influence of Facebook, the most popular social media network among Dominican youth in 2010, as a tool for crafting virtual identities, maintaining diasporic relationships over the long term, promoting community education, and organizing movements of resistance. This chapter shows how the use of visual images online is an extension of a culture of muralism and the ways that visual culture has long been used in Santo Domingo to reinforce dominant narratives of Dominican identity and is central to a legacy of student organizing at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).

Keywords:   student organizing, mural, public space, visual culture, university, social media, UASD, vernacular images, Facebook

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