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Author McAlister, Elizabeth A.

Title Rara! : vodou, power, and performance in Haiti and its diaspora / Elizabeth McAlister.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xviii, 259 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-246), discography (p. 246-248) , videography (p. 248) , and index.
Contents Introducing rara -- Work and play, pleasure and performance -- Vulgarity and the politics of the small man -- Mystical work : spirits on parade -- Rara and "the Jew" : premodern anti-Judaism in postmodern Haiti -- Rara as popular army : hierarchy, militarism, and warfare -- Voices under domination : rara and the politics of insecurity -- Rara in New York City : transnational popular culture.
Summary 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.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Rara Festival -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Vodou music -- Haiti -- History and criticism.
Folk music -- Haiti -- History and criticism.
Folk songs, Creole -- Haiti -- History and criticism.
Haiti -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Haiti -- Social conditions -- 1971-
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780520926745 (electronic bk.)
0520926749 (electronic bk.)
0585468419 (electronic bk.)
9780585468419 (electronic bk.)
0520228227 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520228235 (paper ; alk. paper)