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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520228235

ISBN-13: 9780520228238

Pub. Date: 03/15/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520228238
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/15/2002
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
1,208,150
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of 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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