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Rara!

Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora

Elizabeth McAlister (Author)

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Paperback, 277 pages
ISBN: 9780520228238
March 2002
$31.95, £23.95
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Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. Working deftly with highly original ethnographic material, Elizabeth McAlister shows how Rara bands harness the power of Vodou spirits and the recently dead to broadcast coded points of view with historical, gendered, and transnational dimensions.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes to the Compact Disc: Rara!
Introducing Rara
1. Work and Play, Pleasure and Performance
2 Vulgarity and the Politics of the Small Man
3 Mystical Work: Spirits on Parade
4 Rara and "the Jew": Premodern Anti-Judaism in Postmodern Haiti
5 Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare
6 Voices under Domination: Rara and the Politics of Insecurity
7 Rara in New York City: Transnational Popular Culture
Appendix: Chronology of Political Events, 1990-1995, Annotated with Transnational Rara Band Activity
Glossary
Notes
Sources
Index
Elizabeth McAlister is AssociateProfessor of Religion at Wesleyan University.
“An important contribution to the existing literature on Caribbean festival arts, one which will be of great use to those interested in Haitian expressive culture.”—Daniel Tannehill Neely Ethnomusicology
“McAlister does an eloquent job of weaving together these characteristic manifestations of Rara.”—Les Field Royal Anthropological Inst Journal (Man)
"This is a startling, stunning, and fascinating book about the blend of music, religion, and politics in Haitian culture. McAlister's mastery of many different ways of knowing makes this study an endless source of insight, intrigue, and inspiration. Rara! succeeds magnificently as an exploration into Rara rituals and Haitian music, but it also presents original and generative insights into every aspect of Haiti's past, present, and future."—George Lipsitz, author of Dangerous Crossroads

"This is a major contribution to the literature on Vodou, Haiti, popular culture, Caribbean culture and music, transnational immigrant practices, and the corpus of black religions in the Americas. It is an extremely well-written, well researched and argued, and highly readable book."—Lawrence H. Mamiya, co-author of The Black Church in the African American Experience

"This is a smart and thoughtful book by a very talented ethnographer. Anyone interested in Haiti will appreciate the work of Elizabeth McAlister."—Karen Brown, author of Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

"A rare in-depth look at an extremely popular, yet often misunderstood phenomenon. With this book and CD, Elizabeth McAlister, an involved observer, makes an incalculable contribution to our musical and cultural literature."—Edwidge Danticat, author of The Farming of Bones: A Novel
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01 Jan, Men Kouto (Jean, Here Is Your Knife).mp3

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02 Instrumental From Rara Se Malè

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03 Kay Ile (The House Of Ile).mp3

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04 Instrumental Isolations.mp3

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05 Notre Dame De 7 Doleurs.mp3

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06 Kwiy Nan Men, M'ap Mande ... Al Roule Tete.mp3

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07 Tripotay Fanm Pi Rèd Pase Wanga (Women's Gossip Is Worse Than Magic).mp3

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08 Fre Dieuvè Pa'p Mande Prete (Brother Dieuve Will Not Be Asking To This Year).mp3

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09 Fre Dieuvè Pa'p Mande Prete.mp3

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10 M'ap Antre Ak Tout Kò Divisyon Mwe, Osay O (I Am Arriving With My Regiment, Ossagne Oh).mp3

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11 Grosè Bagay Sa, Mwen Pa Kapab Ankò (The Size Of That Thing - I Can't Deal With It).mp3

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12 Pa Gen Fanm Konfyans (There Are No Trustworthy Women).mp3

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13 Pa Vle Zenglendo (We Don't Want Criminals).mp3

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14 Cemetary At Bizoton.mp3

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15 M'Pap Mache A Tè (I Don't Walk On The Ground).mp3

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16 Jan Dantò Ki Voye Yon Lèt Pou Mwen Pou'm Al O Zaye (Jean Dantor Sent A Letter For Me To Go To Zaire).mp3

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17 Guantanamo M'Rive (I Ended Up In Guantanamo).mp3

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18 Kalfou.mp3

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19 Instrumental By Rara Se Malè.mp3

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20 Bann Sanpwèl-La Nan Lari-A (The Chanpwèl Band Is In The Streets).mp3

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21 Mwen Antre Nan Lakou-A; Kote Yo_ (I'm Entering The Compound; Where Are They_.mp3

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22 Yo Vin Gade'm Pou Yo Pote'm Ale (They're Coming To Watch Me And Take Me Away).mp3

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23 Instrumental From Rara Se Malè.mp3

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24 Mama'm Sere Zozo'm (My Mother Hid My Dick).mp3

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