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Tourism Labor, Embodied Suffering, and the Deportation Regime in the Dominican Republic

Padilla, M; Colón-Burgos, JF; Varas-Díaz, N; Matiz-Reyes, A; Parker, CM; (2018) Tourism Labor, Embodied Suffering, and the Deportation Regime in the Dominican Republic. Medical Anthropology Quarterly , 32 (4) pp. 498-519. 10.1111/maq.12447. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we use syndemic theory to examine socio-structural factors that result in heightened vulnerability to HIV infection and drug addiction among Dominican deportees who survive post-deportation through informal tourism labor. Through an ongoing NIDA-funded ethnographic study of the syndemic of HIV and problematic drug use among men involved in tourism labor in the Dominican Republic, we argue that the legal and political–economic context of the global deportation regime contributes to structural vulnerabilities among deportees in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are men with histories of incarceration in the United States and/or Puerto Rico. While Dominican laws and institutional practices work conjointly with foreign policies to reconfigure non-criminal deportees as hardened criminals unworthy of full citizenship rights, the informal tourism economy provides one of the few absorption points for male deportee labor, linking the deportation regime directly to the Caribbean tourism industry.

Type: Article
Title: Tourism Labor, Embodied Suffering, and the Deportation Regime in the Dominican Republic
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/maq.12447
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12447
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Deportation; health; Caribbean; tourism; Dominican Republic
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181758
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