Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora

ISBN-10: 0520228235
ISBN-13: 9780520228238
Edition: 2002
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Description: Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. Working deftly with highly original ethnographic material, Elizabeth  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. Working deftly with highly original ethnographic material, Elizabeth McAlister shows how Rara bands harness the power of Vodou spirits and the recently dead to broadcast coded points of view with historical, gendered, and transnational dimensions.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes to the Compact Disc: Rara! Introducing Rara
Work and Play, Pleasure and Performance
Vulgarity and the Politics of the Small Man
Mystical Work: Spirits on Parade
Rara and "the Jew": Premodern Anti-Judaism in Postmodern Haiti
Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare
Voices under Domination: Rara and the Politics of Insecurity
Rara in New York City: Transnational Popular Culture
Chronology of Political Events, 1990-1995, Annotated with Transnational Rara Band Activity
Glossary
Notes
Sources
Index

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