Rara!: Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora / Edition 1

Rara!: Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora / Edition 1

by Elizabeth McAlister
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520228235

ISBN-13: 9780520228238

Pub. Date: 03/15/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"A startling, stunning, and fascinating book about the blend of music, religion, and politics in Haitian culture. McAlister's mastery of many different ways of knowing makes this study an endless source of insight, intrigue, and inspiration. The book succeeds magnificently as an exploration into Rara rituals and Haitian music, but it also presents original and…  See more details below

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"A startling, stunning, and fascinating book about the blend of music, religion, and politics in Haitian culture. McAlister's mastery of many different ways of knowing makes this study an endless source of insight, intrigue, and inspiration. The book succeeds magnificently as an exploration into Rara rituals and Haitian music, but it also presents original and generative insights into every aspect of Haiti's past, present, and future."-George Lipsitz, author of Dangerous Crossroads
"This is a major contribution to the literature on Vodou, Haiti, popular culture, Caribbean culture and music, transnational immigrant practices, and the corpus of black religions in the Americas. It is an extremely well-written, well researched and argued, and highly readable book."-Lawrence H. Mamiya, co-author of The Black Church in the African American Experience
"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
"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, author of The Farming of Bones:A Novel

Author Biography:Elizabeth McAlister is Assistant Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520228238
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/15/2002
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
540,421
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Guide to the Compact Disc Rara!
Introducing Rara1
1Work and Play, Pleasure and Performance25
2Vulgarity and the Politics of the Small Man59
3Mystical Work: Spirits on Parade85
4Rara and "the Jew": Premodern Anti-Judaism in Postmodern Haiti113
5Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare135
6Voices under Domination: Rara and the Politics of Insecurity159
7Rara in New York City: Transnational Popular Culture183
AppChronology of Political Events, 1990-1995, Annotated with Transnational Rara Band Activity209
Glossary213
Notes217
Sources237
Index249

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