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On the EdgeWriting the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381601

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.001.0001

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Some are born to endless night: structural violence across-the-border

Some are born to endless night: structural violence across-the-border

(p.266) Chapter Nine Some are born to endless night: structural violence across-the-border
On the Edge

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses works that highlight the often disavowed across-the-border continuity of structural violence on Hispaniola. Written by authors and directors born in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Algeria, and Mexico, these works include one film, two novels, two plays, and various pieces of journalism. Among them are Hulda Guzmán's Some are born to sweet delight (2011), Máximo Avilés Blonda's Pirámide 179 (1968), and Evelyne Trouillot's Le bleu de l'île (2005). These authors explore the lives of border-crossers and borderland dwellers, whose experiences reveal multiple across-the-border materialisations (migration, prostitution, environmental degradation, centralisation of resources, destitution, privatisation of survival) of Johan Galtung's structural violence. They suggest that social change is necessary to counteract across-the-border structural violence.

Keywords:   structural violence, Hispaniola, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Hulda Guzmán, Máximo Avilés Blonda, Evelyne Trouillot, border-crossers, borderland, Johan Galtung

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