1st Edition

Haiti: From Revolutionary Slaves to Powerless Citizens Essays on the Politics and Economics of Underdevelopment, 1804-2013

By Alex Dupuy Copyright 2014
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    This title focuses on Haiti from an international perspective. Haiti has endured undue influence from successive French and US governments; its fragile 'democracy' has been founded on subordination to and dominance of foreign powers. This book examines Haiti's position within the global economic and political order, and how the more dominant members of the international community have, in varying ways, exploited the country over the last 200 years.

    Introduction. 1. The Capitalist World-Economy, the Fetishism of Commodities, and the Social Geography of Race: A Reply to Michel Foucault  2. Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian Revolution, and Negritude: A Critical Assessment of Aimé Césaire's Interpretation  3. From Revolutionary Slaves to Powerless Citizens  4. The Transition to Democracy and the Demise of Color Politics in Haiti  5. The World Bank and Haiti: Abetting Dictatorship, Undermining Democracy  6. Class, Power, Sovereignty: Haiti Before and After the Earthquake 


    Alex Dupuy is John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, USA. He is an internationally recognized scholar and specialist on Haiti. He has lectured at universities and colleges across the USA and abroad, and has given many interviews and commentaries on Haitian affairs on local, national, and international radio and television networks, including the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Toronto Public TV, Democracy Now!, WBAI, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, the BBC, the CBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Company. In addition to his many articles in professional journals and anthologies, he is the author of Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700 (1987); Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Revolution (1997); and The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2007).

    "a “must-read” for scholars interested in Haitian history and politics as well as in the intersection of class and race relations", Robert Fatton Jr., New West Indian Guide