Antihaitianismo: an embodied discourse

Brendan Morgan*

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In this article, I argue that contemporary manifestations of social, political and economic discrimination–antihaitianismo–in the Dominican Republic towards their Haitian neighbours have become embodied responses which are reproduced through everyday actions. Using ethnographic fieldwork and phenomenology, I explore a variety of contexts in which antihaitianismo has become part of a Dominican existential background that is provoked to surface in situations of heightened tension, stress or discomfort. I also show how this embodied discourse has affected and affects a race-centred, essentialist form of governance. This article is supplemented by a short film which can be found at the following link:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-328
Number of pages18
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • anti-Haitianism
  • Antihaitianismo
  • discourse
  • embodiment
  • phenomenology
  • stigma


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