Mainstream news coverage of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010, reproduced longstanding narratives of Haiti and stereotypes of Haitians. Cognizant that this Haiti, as it exists in the public sphere, is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated one, the feminist anthropologist and performance artist Gina Athena Ulysse embarked on a writing spree that lasted over two years. As an ethnographer and a member of the diaspora, Ulysse delivers critical cultural analysis of geopolitics and daily life in a series of dispatches, op-eds and articles on post-quake Haiti. Her complex yet singular aim is to make sense of how the nation and its subjects continue to negotiate sovereignty and being in a world where, according to a Haitian saying, tout moun se moun, men tout moun pa menm (All people are human, but all humans are not the same). This collection contains thirty pieces, most of which were previously published in and on Haitian Times, Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, Ms Blog, NACLA, and other print and online venues. The book is trilingual (English, Kreyòl, and French) and includes a foreword by award-winning author and historian Robin D.G. Kelley.
Morality and medicine are deeply intertwined in rural Haiti, and both are shaped by the competition between different religious traditions: Catholicism, Vodoun, and fundamentalist Protestantism. When people fall ill, they seek treatment from not only Western biomedicine, but also herbalists, midwives, and religious healers. Moreover, sickness can raise troubling questions about a person's innocence or guilt. Caught in a web of accusation and moral danger, the sick struggle to portray them- selves as upright ethical actors. Dr. Brodwin examines the local cultural logic that guides people as they negotiate between different healers and conflicting ethical systems. He shows how, in the crisis of illness, people rework religious identities and creatively address the fundamental contradictions of rural Haitian society