Smith, Jennie Marcelle. When the hands are many: community organization and social change in rural Haiti

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When The Hands Are Many

1 Introduction

“americans Don't Have Democracy!”

Background And Approach

The Haitian “peasantry”

Bamòn And Tisous

Linguistic Issues

2 Persistent Legacies

Predatory Parasitism

Interventions From “across The Water”

Risking Hope

New Legacies

Persistent Dissidence

3 Melodic Machetes

Rural Footpaths: Stage One

Sociopolitical Poetics: Chante Pwen-s

Agricultural Work Parties: Stage Two

Mardi Gras And Rara Festivities: Stage Three

Gwoupman Peyizan Meetings: Stage Four

A Refugee Camp: Stage Five

Recording Studios: Stage Six

Reflections On The Chante Pwen-s

4 Hoes Striking In Unison: Cooperative Labor And Community Spirit

Taking Up The Hoe

Yonn Ede Lòt 8 : Sharing Labor And Resources As A Way Of Life

Collective Agricultural Labor

“the Strike Of A Solitary Hoe Makes No Music” 25

The Konbit And The Kòve

Rural Community Groups

5 The Atribisyon

“one And The Same We”: Group Membership And Structure

An Anatomy Of Atribisyon Labor

Feasting On History: The Rachòt

Reflections On The Atribisyon

6 The Sosyete

Structure And Leadership

Case Studies Of Bamòn Sosyete-s

Sosyete Prankè

Sosyete Ann Leve Ansanm

Sosyete Solèy Leve

Sosyete Endyen Deslain

Reflections On The Sosyete

7 The Gwoupman Peyizan

The “shoulder-to-shoulder” Gp Of Lakay

Historical Precedents Of The Gwoupman Peyizan

Consolidating A Movement

In The Grand'anse

The Project For Social Change

Gwoupman Fanm Vanyan -s

Reflections On The Gwoupman Peyizan

8 Beyond “democracy” And “development”

Reconsidering Democracy And Development

Visualizing The Future

Elements Of A Good Society

A Movement Toward The Future

A Call For Undoing Ourselves

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Title: When the hands are many: community organization and social change in rural Haiti

Published By: Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001. xiv, 229 p.: ill., maps

By line: Jennie Marcelle Smith

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Haitians (SV03)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Poverty (735); Chief executive (643); Accumulation of wealth (556); Social relationships and groups (571); Taxation and public income (651); Research and development (654); External relations (648); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Exploitation (661); Political movements (668); Slavery (567); Naming (553); Verbal arts (5310); Administrative agencies (647); Ethnosociology (829); Cooperative organization (474); Ethics (577); Labor supply and employment (464); Congregations (794);

Abstract: This book discusses the structural causes for the continued impoverishment and marginalization of Haiti rural people from the sufferers' point of view. While recognizing Haitian peasants as some of the most politically disempowered, malnourished, and illiterate people in the world, the author argues that they are capable of explaining the causes of their problems with their own words and 'theories.' Taking the poor's own models for explaining these problems, the book hopes to reverse earlier analysis of Haitians as victims hopelessly waiting to be rescued through material and technical aid. Much of the book is devoted to a closer portrayal of poor peoples' struggle to survive the harsh realities of life in Haiti by finding meaning, protecting their dignity, building community and working toward a more decent tomorrow.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: sv03-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1988-1991, 1995-1996

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1800-2001

Coverage Place: Haiti

LCSH: Peasants--Political activity--Haiti--Grand'Anse (Dept.)//Peasants--Haiti--Grand'Anse (Dept.)--Societies, etc.//Community organization--Haiti--Grand'Anse (Dept.)//Social values--Haiti--Grand'Anse (Dept.)//Folk songs, Creole--Social aspects--Haiti--Grand'Anse(Dept.)//Subject keywords: Chante pwen


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