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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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The Anthropological Uses of Haiti: A Longue Durée Approach

The Anthropological Uses of Haiti: A Longue Durée Approach

(p.15) The Anthropological Uses of Haiti: A Longue Durée Approach
The Haiti Exception
Mark Schuller
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the link between anthropology and the public sphere, focusing on the multiple genealogical strands of the discipline. Taking a longue durée approach as a contextual frame for understanding more recent developments in the field, the chapter considers the various, often conflicting or troubling transatlantic paradigms that have been applied to Haiti in the twenty-first century. After discussing the place of ‘race’ in anthropology with respect to Haiti, the chapter considers a particular set of political, economic and geopolitical interests embedded in the institutional foundation of anthropological knowledge production, including what the chapter calls ‘anthropological imagination’. It also comments on Sidney Mintz's comparative study of the Caribbean region and his role in the institutionalization of Caribbean studies, along with his influence on the work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot and Paul Farmer. The chapter concludes with a series of questions for those working in the arenas of both anthropology and humanitarianism.

Keywords:   anthropology, public sphere, Haiti, race, knowledge production, Sidney Mintz, Caribbean, Caribbean studies, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Paul Farmer

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