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Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti / Edition 1
     

Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti / Edition 1

by Erica James
 

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ISBN-10: 0520260538

ISBN-13: 9780520260535

Pub. Date: 05/14/2010

Publisher: University of California Press


Democratic Insecurities focuses on the ethics of military and humanitarian intervention in Haiti during and after Haiti's 1991 coup. In this remarkable ethnography of violence, Erica Caple James explores the traumas of Haitian victims whose experiences were denied by U.S. officials and recognized only selectively by other humanitarian providers. Using vivid

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Democratic Insecurities focuses on the ethics of military and humanitarian intervention in Haiti during and after Haiti's 1991 coup. In this remarkable ethnography of violence, Erica Caple James explores the traumas of Haitian victims whose experiences were denied by U.S. officials and recognized only selectively by other humanitarian providers. Using vivid first-person accounts from women survivors, James raises important new questions about humanitarian aid, structural violence, and political insecurity. She discusses the politics of postconflict assistance to Haiti and the challenges of promoting democracy, human rights, and justice in societies that experience chronic insecurity. Similarly, she finds that efforts to promote political development and psychosocial rehabilitation may fail because of competition, strife, and corruption among the individuals and institutions that implement such initiatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260535
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/14/2010
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Democracy, Insecurity, and the Commodification of Suffering

1. The Terror Apparatus
2. The Aid Apparatus and the Politics of Victimization
3. Routines of Rupture and Spaces of (In)Security
4. Double Binds in Audit Cultures
5. Bureaucraft, Accusations, and the Social Life of Aid
6. Sovereign Rule, Ensekirite, and Death
7. The Tyranny of the Gift

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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