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Rara
Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti and its diaspora
Elizabeth McAllister   (More from this author)
Essai
 
Rara - Haitian Book Centre - Haitian Books in Creole, English and French, francophone litterature - Cliquer pour agrandir 15 b/w photographs; includes a 24-track
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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 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.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes to the Compact Disc: Rara!
Introducing Rara
1. Work and Play, Pleasure and Performance
2 Vulgarity and the Politics of the Small Man
3 Mystical Work: Spirits on Parade
4 Rara and "the Jew": Premodern Anti-Judaism in Postmodern Haiti
5 Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare
6 Voices under Domination: Rara and the Politics of Insecurity
7 Rara in New York City: Transnational Popular Culture
Appendix: Chronology of Political Events, 1990-1995, Annotated with Transnational Rara Band Activity
Glossary
Notes
Sources
Index

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"A rare in-depth look at an extremely popular, yet often misunderstood phenomenon. With this book and CD, Elizabeth McAlister, an involved observer, makes an incalculable contribution to our musical and cultural literature." Edwidge Danticat
"This is a smart and thoughtful book by a very talented ethnographer. Anyone interested in Haiti will appreciate the work of Elizabeth McAlister." Karen Brown, author of Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

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277 Pages
Format: Paperback
English
 
 
Publisher: University of California Press
2002
ISBN: 978-0-520-22823-8
 
Price: $ 25.95
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