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

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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: 3/15/2002
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth McAlister is AssociateProfessor of Religion at Wesleyan University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Guide to the Compact Disc Rara!
Introducing Rara 1
1 Work and Play, Pleasure and Performance 25
2 Vulgarity and the Politics of the Small Man 59
3 Mystical Work: Spirits on Parade 85
4 Rara and "the Jew": Premodern Anti-Judaism in Postmodern Haiti 113
5 Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare 135
6 Voices under Domination: Rara and the Politics of Insecurity 159
7 Rara in New York City: Transnational Popular Culture 183
App Chronology of Political Events, 1990-1995, Annotated with Transnational Rara Band Activity 209
Glossary 213
Notes 217
Sources 237
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Excellent

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in culture. McAlister's work bridges many disciplines and provides a fascinating look into the transnational culture of a people. I especially recommend this book to New Yorkers to understand the dimensions of Rara and its manifestations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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