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The Spirits And The Law

Author : Kate Ramsey
ISBN : 9780226703817
Genre : Social Science
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Vodou has often served as a scapegoat for Haiti’s problems, from political upheavals to natural disasters. This tradition of scapegoating stretches back to the nation’s founding and forms part of a contest over the legitimacy of the religion, both beyond and within Haiti’s borders. The Spirits and the Law examines that vexed history, asking why, from 1835 to 1987, Haiti banned many popular ritual practices. To find out, Kate Ramsey begins with the Haitian Revolution and its aftermath. Fearful of an independent black nation inspiring similar revolts, the United States, France, and the rest of Europe ostracized Haiti. Successive Haitian governments, seeking to counter the image of Haiti as primitive as well as contain popular organization and leadership, outlawed “spells” and, later, “superstitious practices.” While not often strictly enforced, these laws were at times the basis for attacks on Vodou by the Haitian state, the Catholic Church, and occupying U.S. forces. Beyond such offensives, Ramsey argues that in prohibiting practices considered essential for maintaining relations with the spirits, anti-Vodou laws reinforced the political marginalization, social stigmatization, and economic exploitation of the Haitian majority. At the same time, she examines the ways communities across Haiti evaded, subverted, redirected, and shaped enforcement of the laws. Analyzing the long genealogy of anti-Vodou rhetoric, Ramsey thoroughly dissects claims that the religion has impeded Haiti’s development.

Spirit Possession In French Haitian And Vodou Thought

Author : Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, M.D.
ISBN : 9780739184660
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book recuperates the important history that Haitian thought around Vodou possession has had in French critical theory.

The Vodou Ethic And The Spirit Of Communism

Author : Paul C. Mocombe
ISBN : 9780761867036
Genre : Religion
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Using a variant of structuration theory, what Paul C. Mocombe calls phenomenological structuralism, this work explores and highlights how the African religion of Vodou and its ethic gave rise to the Haitian spirit of communism and the “counter-plantation system” (Jean Casimir’s term) in the provinces and mountains of Haiti.

Vodou In Haitian Memory

Author : Celucien L. Joseph
ISBN : 9781498508353
Genre : Literary Collections
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Vodou in Haitian Memory examines the idea and representation of the Haitian Vodou in Haitin history, art, painting, aesthetics, and culture. Vodou is also studied from multiple theoretical approaches including queer, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, postcolonial criticism, postmodernism, and psychoanalysis.

Haiti The Aftershocks Of History

Author : Laurent Dubois
ISBN : 9780805095623
Genre : History
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A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois makes clear, Haiti's troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The country's difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution—the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the colonial powers surrounding the island nation; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise. Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 uprising. He details how the crushing indemnity imposed by the former French rulers initiated a devastating cycle of debt, while frequent interventions by the United States—including a twenty-year military occupation—further undermined Haiti's independence. At the same time, Dubois shows, the internal debates about what Haiti should do with its hard-won liberty alienated the nation's leaders from the broader population, setting the stage for enduring political conflict. Yet as Dubois demonstrates, the Haitian people have never given up on their struggle for true democracy, creating a powerful culture insistent on autonomy and equality for all. Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker of "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

The Oxford Handbook Of Modern African History

Author : John Parker
ISBN : 9780191667558
Genre : History
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History represents an invaluable tool for historians and others in the field of African studies. This collection of essays, produced by some of the finest scholars currently working in the field, provides the latest insights into, and interpretations of, the history of Africa - a continent with a rich and complex past. An understanding of this past is essential to gain perspective on Africa's current challenges, and this accessible and comprehensive volume will allow readers to explore various aspects - political, economic, social, and cultural - of the continent's history over the last two hundred years. Since African history first emerged as a serious academic endeavour in the 1950s and 1960s, it has undergone numerous shifts in terms of emphasis and approach, changes brought about by political and economic exigencies and by ideological debates. This multi-faceted Handbook is essential reading for anyone with an interest in those debates, and in Africa and its peoples. While the focus is determinedly historical, anthropology, geography, literary criticism, political science and sociology are all employed in this ground-breaking study of Africa's past.

Liberty Fraternity Exile

Author : Matthew J. Smith
ISBN : 9781469617985
Genre : History
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In this moving microhistory of nineteenth-century Haiti and Jamaica, Matthew J. Smith details the intimate connections that illuminate the conjoined histories of both places after slavery. The frequent movement of people between Haiti and Jamaica in the decades following emancipation in the British Caribbean brought the countries into closer contact and influenced discourse about the postemancipation future of the region. In the stories and genealogies of exiles and politicians, abolitionists and diplomats, laborers and merchants--and mothers, fathers, and children--Smith recognizes the significance of nineteenth-century Haiti to regional development. On a broader level, Smith argues that the history of the Caribbean is bound up in the shared experiences of those who crossed the straits and borders between the islands just as much as in the actions of colonial powers. Whereas Caribbean historiography has generally treated linguistic areas separately and emphasized relationships with empires, Smith concludes that such approaches have obscured the equally important interactions among peoples of the Caribbean.

Author : برغوثي، مريد
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215732889
Genre : History
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Vodou Saints

Author : Arthur Fournier
ISBN : 9780982905081
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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VODOU SAINTS is an account of Dr. Arthur Fournier's travels through the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. He shares lessons of life and death, courage and resilience as he joins with Haitians dealing with the aftermath of the world's largest natural disaster. The author recounts stories of the special care needed for patients with AIDS, and reveals a personal family tragedy that brings the story full circle. The work is arguably the most compelling series of insights on the human condition since Albert Camus' THE PLAGUE. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Project Medishare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all.

Tat Religions Et Politique En Ha Ti

Author : Lewis Ampidu Clorméus
ISBN : 9782811111540
Genre : Christianity and politics
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La 4e de couverture indique : "Mis à part le terrible séisme de 2010, Haïti est pour la plupart d'entre nous associé au vodou, à la grande pauvreté, à l'incapacité à accéder durablement à la démocratie. Un retour à l'histoire est plus que jamais indispensable pour tenter de dépasser ces stéréotypes et comprendre sa société et sa culture. Tel est l'objectif de ce dossier qui croise les approches de l'histoire, de la sociologie, de l'anthropologie et des sciences politiques afin d'analyser les rapports des religions à l'État et à la politique. Il s'efforce d'inscrire cette lecture dans la durée, depuis l'accession à l'indépendance acquise dans la lutte, contre l'esclavage et la colonisation française, jusqu'au temps présent marqué par la dictature des Duvalier, son renversement et des essais de démocratie. Si le catholicisme occupe une place importante et bénéficie d'un statut privilégié depuis 1860, il a partagé le champ religieux avec le vodou et il a dû se confronter à un protestantisme aux visages multiples, désormais en forte expansion dans sa version évangélique, et composer avec une franc-maçonnerie déiste, influente parmi les élites. Cette histoire mouvementée éclaire les difficultés rencontrées pour faire surgir aujourd'hui un espace public démocratique, pacifié, autonome vis-à-vis de forces religieuses concurrentes qui n'ont pas renoncé à imposer leurs valeurs, leurs idéaux et leurs intérêts".

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