Fault Lines Views Across Haiti's Divide

ISBN-10: 0801477697

ISBN-13: 9780801477690

Edition: 2013

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Beverly Bell, an activist and award-winning writer, has dedicated her life to working for democracy, women's rights, and economic justice in Haiti and elsewhere. Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 12, 2010, that struck the island nation, killing more than a quarter-million people and leaving another two million Haitians homeless, Bell has spent much of her time in Haiti. Her new book, Fault Lines, is a searing account of the first year after the earthquake. Bell explores how strong communities and an age-old gift culture have helped Haitians survive in the wake of an unimaginable disaster, one that only compounded the preexisting social and economic distress of their society. The book examines the history that caused such astronomical destruction. It also draws in theories of resistance and social movements to scrutinize grassroots organizing for a more just and equitable country.Fault Lines offers rich perspectives rarely seen outside Haiti. Readers accompany the author through displaced persons camps, shantytowns, and rural villages, where they get a view that defies the stereotype of Haiti as a lost nation of victims. Street journals impart the author's intimate knowledge of the country, which spans thirty-five years. Fault Lines also combines excerpts of more than one hundred interviews with Haitians, historical and political analysis, and investigative journalism. Fault Lines includes twelve photos from the year following the 2010 earthquake. Bell also investigates and critiques U.S. foreign policy, emergency aid, standard development approaches, the role of nongovernmental organizations, and disaster capitalism. Woven through the text are comparisons to the crisis and cultural resistance in Bell's home city of New Orleans, when the levees broke in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ultimately a tale of hope, Fault Lines will give readers a new understanding of daily life, structural challenges, and collective dreams in one of the world's most complex countries.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to America at age twelve to live with her parents in Brooklyn. She studied French literature at Barnard College and received her M.F.A. from Brown University. Her work has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), her first novel and master's thesis, garnered Danticat a Granta Regional Award for Best Young American Novelist and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection, a singular honor. Her collection of short stories Krik? Krak! (1995) was nominated for the National Book Award. Along with awards for fiction from Seventeen and Essence and the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize, Danticat was chosen by Harper's Bazaar as "one of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," and by the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 Under 30" people to watch. Her second novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), concerns a massacre in Haiti in 1937.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thirty-Five Seconds
We Don't Have Enough Water to Make Tears: Surviving the Earthquake, or Not
What We Have, We Share: Solidarity Undergirds Rescue and Relief
Pearl of the Antilles: The Political Economy of Peril
Maroon Man: Social Movements throughout History
We Will Carry You On: The Women's Movement
You Can't Eat Okra with One Finger: Community-Run Humanitarian Aid
Fragile as a Crystal (Tales from Three Months Out)
Children of the Land: Small Farmers and Agriculture
Grains and Guns: Foreign Aid and Reconstruction
The Ones Who Must Decide: Social Movements in the Reconstruction
Our Bodies Are Shaking Now: Violence against Girls and Women
The Creole Connection: People-to-People Aid and Solidarity across Borders
We've Lost the Battle, but We Haven't Lost the War (Tales from Six Months Out)
Social Fault Lines: Class and Catastrophe
Monsanto Seeds, Miami Rice: The Politics of Food Aid and Trade
Home: From Tent Camp to Community
For Want of Twenty Cents: Children's Rights and Protection
The Super Bowl of Disasters: Profiting from Crisis
The Commonplace amid the Catastrophic (Tales from Nine Months Out)
Beyond Medical Care: The Health of the Nation
Hold Strong: The Pros and Pitfalls of Resilience
Mrs. Clinton Will Never See Me Working There: The Offshore Assembly Industry
The Central Pillar: Peasant Women
Elections (In the Time of Cholera)
We Will Never Fall Asleep Forgetting (Tales from Twelve Months Out)
Epilogue: Bringing It Back Home
Notes
Index
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