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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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Haiti, Gender and Anthrohistory: A Mintzian Journey

Haiti, Gender and Anthrohistory: A Mintzian Journey

(p.74) Haiti, Gender and Anthrohistory: A Mintzian Journey
The Haiti Exception

Laurent Dubois

Liverpool University Press

This chapter situates Haitian studies in a multivalent and dialogic border space by analyzing the work of Fernando Coronil, Michel-Rolph Trouillot and Sidney Mintz on peasant culture from a new perspective. More specifically, it reflects on the problem of thinking Haiti through anthrohistory by drawing on Mintz's writings on Haiti. The chapter begins by considering one of the central tensions surrounding anthropological work on Haiti: that of seeing it, on the one hand, as a product and expression of a unique history and, on the other, as fully integrated within a diagnostic of broader global histories and processes. It then examines how and why the question of gender has found itself pushed to the edge of much theorizing despite its acknowledged importance in understanding Haiti. It also discusses Mintz's 1964 description of the deployment of capital by Haitian market women in relation to anthropological work and to the future of Haitian anthrohistory.

Keywords:   gender, Haitian studies, Fernando Coronil, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Sidney Mintz, peasant culture, Haiti, anthrohistory, capital, market women

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