The Uses of Haiti (3rd Edition) / Edition 3

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The Uses of Haiti tells the truth about uncomfortable matters—uncomfortable, that is, for the structures of power and the doctrinal framework that protects them from scrutiny. It tells the truth about what has been happening in Haiti, and the US role in its bitter fate.—Noam Chomsky, from the introduction

In this third edition of the classic The Uses of Haiti, Paul Farmer looks at what has happened to the health of the poor in Haiti since the coup.

Winner of a McArthur Genius Award, Paul Farmer is a physician and anthropologist who has worked for 25 years in Haiti, where he serves as medical director of a hospital serving the rural poor. He is the subject of the Tracy Kidder biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this impassioned, sometimes unwieldly, synthesis of history and report, Harvard-based Farmer, who alternates research with medical practice in rural Haiti, offers an indictment of American policy. He traces Haiti's long standing injustice from the sufferings of the 18th century slave economy, and the post-revolution establishment of a still-persistent feudal economy to the U.S. Marine invasion in 1915 and our subsequent support, based on business interests and anticommunism, for tyrants like Papa Doc Duvalier. The democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a 1991 coup shortly after he began to redress Haiti's ugly inequalities; Farmer (AIDS and Accusation) notes how media reports meshed with the Bush administration's line, and criticizes the Clinton administration's inaction. Departing from his historical narrative, Farmer also decries harassing U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; describes the torture death of a peasant as an outgrowth of U.S. military training; and suggests that AIDS in Haiti should not be blamed on images of squalor, but more on ``an established political and economic crisis.'' American remorse, he suggests, would be the first step toward a new commitment to justice. (Sept.)
Published by Common Courage Press, Box 702, Monroe, ME 04951. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567513448
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 475
  • Sales rank: 998,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard medical School and Founding Director of Partners in Health. The subject of a just released biography by Tracy Kidder, Farmer is the author of The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities, and AIDS and Accusation. Greg Bates is Publisher at Common Courage Press.
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Table of Contents

What's at stake in Haiti 41
The template of colony 53
From Duvalierism to Duvalierism without Duvalier 90
The power of the poor in Haiti 121
The coup of 1991 : the power of the rich in Haiti 149
The uses of Haiti (reprise) 188
On Guantanamo 217
Chouchou Louis and the political economy of brutality 244
Acephie 263
New myths for old 283
Epilogue : the oppressor as savior 308
Diagnosis 348
What happened in Haiti? : where past is present 376
Afterword - Larry Birns & Jessica Leight 403
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