Who Owns Haiti?: People, Power, and Sovereignty

Robert Maguire (Editor) Scott Freeman (Editor)


Although Haiti established its independence in 1804, external actors such as the United States, the United Nations, and non-profits have wielded considerable influence throughout its history. Especially in the aftermath of the Duvalier regime and the 2010 earthquake, continual imperial interventions have time and again threatened its sovereignty.

Who Owns Haiti? explores the role of international actors in the country's sovereign affairs while highlighting the ways in which Haitians continually enact their own independence on economic, political, and cultural levels. This volume addresses how Haitian institutions, grassroots organizations, and individuals respond to and resist external influence, considering assertions of sovereignty from historically marginalized urban and rural populations. Contributors from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--including political science, anthropology, history, economics, and development studies--argue that varying discussions of ownership are central to Haiti's future as a sovereign state.

Contributors: Laurent Dubois - Robert Fatton Jr. - Scott Freeman - Nicholas Johnson - Chelsey Kivland - Robert Maguire - Francois Pierre-Louis Jr. - Karen Richman - Ricardo Seitenfus - Amy Wilentz

Product Details

University Press of Florida
Publish Date
November 07, 2017
5.98 X 0.48 X 9.02 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Maguire is professor of international development studies at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.


"A timely collection of articles by some of the leading and emerging scholars and specialists on Haiti, offering a wide range of critical perspectives on the question and meaning of sovereignty in Haiti."--Alex Dupuy, author of The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti "Directly asks the provocative question of ownership and Haitian sovereignty within the post-earthquake moment--an unstable period in which ideas on (re)development, humanitarianism, globalization, militarism, self-determination, and security converge."--Millery Polyne, author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 "Powerful essays by experts in their fields address the meaning of sovereignty, and the trajectory from colonialism to neocolonialism into neoliberalism. Essential knowledge."--Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, author of Haiti: The Breached Citadel