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The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative

Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Mark Schuller, and Jhon Picard Byron


This book considers the means and extent of Haiti's ‘exceptionalization’ — its perception in multiple arenas as definitively unique with respect not only to the countries of the North Atlantic, but also to the rest of the Americas. Painted as repulsive and attractive, abject and resilient, singular and exemplary, Haiti has long been framed discursively by an extraordinary epistemological ambivalence. This nation has served at once as cautionary tale, model for humanitarian aid and development projects and point of origin for general theorizing of the so-called Third World. What to make of this ... More

Keywords: exceptionalization, humanitarian aid, exemplarity, alterity, James Clifford, anthrohistory, anthropology, Haiti, development, ethnology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382998
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, editor
City College of New York

Jhon Picard Byron, editor

Kaiama L. Glover, editor

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