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

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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice

“Highly recommended. . . by highlighting the vivi first-person accounts of female survivors, the author raises important questions about humanitarian aid, structural violence, and political insecurity, while simultaneously outlining some of the ethical quandaries arising from the uses and abuses of power.”
Somatosphere - Hanna Kienzler

“Her account is both brave and unsettling. . . . Not only instructive for anthropologists . . . but also for humanitarian aid providers who momentarily work or are planning to work in Haiti.”
Journal Of Sociology & Social Welfare

“[This] is one of the most important books on the country published in years. . . . It radiates intelligence and understanding.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520260542
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Series: California Series in Public Anthropology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,267,887
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Erica Caple James is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

List of Illustrations xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Preface xix

Introduction: Democracy, Insecurity, and the Commodification of Suffering 1

1 The Terror Apparatus 39

2 The Aid Apparatus and the Politics of Victimization 81

3 Routines of Rupture and Spaces of (In)Security 132

4 Double Binds in Audit Cultures 178

5 Bureaucraft, Accusations, and the Social Life of Aid 223

6 Sovereign Rule, Ensekirite, and Death 270

7 The Tyranny of the Gift 287

Notes 297

Glossary 312

Bibliography 315

Index 335

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