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The Haiti ExceptionAnthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative$
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Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Mark Schuller, and Jhon Picard Byron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382998

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.001.0001

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Transforming Ethnology: Understanding the Stakes and Challenges of Price-Mars in the Development of Anthropology in Haiti

Transforming Ethnology: Understanding the Stakes and Challenges of Price-Mars in the Development of Anthropology in Haiti

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The Haiti Exception
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Jhon Picard Byron

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.003.0003

This chapter examines the institutional parameters that have determined the development of Haitian ethnography as a discipline within the particular context of the island nation. In particular, it considers the challenges of shaping the evolution of ethnography for a new generation of scholars — for example, engaging critically with the ancestors. Drawing on the work of Jean Price-Mars, the chapter proposes a historical contextualization of the practice of ethnology in Haiti. It reflects on a personal professional journey — from philosophy to ethnology, as related to the social movements in Haiti since 1986 — to illustrate not only the evolution of the discipline, but also of the why and how of the very recent resurgence of ethnographic practice in Haiti. The chapter argues that we must ascribe to ethnology its essential role within the humanities and social sciences, in Haitian studies and in our institutions of higher learning.

Keywords:   ethnography, Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, social movements, humanities, social sciences, Haitian studies

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