Haiti's Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy

By Robert Fatton Jr. | Go to book overview

Glossary
bo tab lato the dinner table
changer la viemake life better; change life for the better
chefleader/head/boss
Chimèresviolent, intimidating gangs
déchoukajuprooting
dépluméfleeced
dérive totalitairedrift toward totalitarianism
doublurerule by non-officeholders
en ba tab launder the dinner table
grands mangeurs/gran manjersbig eaters
groupusculesvery small groups working for the benefit of a chef
gwoupmanpeasant cooperative
hounganmale vodou priest
kombitworking together
la politique du ventrepolitics of the belly
lapè nan tet, lapè nan vantpeace in the head, peace in the belly (Aristide's 2000 campaign slogan)
lavalasflood (symbolizing mass movement of the destitute)
le pays en dehorsthe marginalized
le peuplethe people; the masses
légliz sé nou, nou sé léglizthe church is us, we are the church
loavodou spirits
magouillesfraud; wheeling and dealing
mambofemale vodou priest
marronage/mawonajresistance through elusiveness

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • 2: Class, State, and Civil Society in Haiti 27
  • 3: The Fall of Duvalier and the Contradictions of Democratization 51
  • 4: The Rise, Fall, and Second Coming of Jean-Bertrand Aristide 77
  • 5: The Vicissitudes of Lavalasian Power 107
  • 6: The Antagonistic Present and Future Alternatives 141
  • 7: Toward a Compromise? 177
  • 8: Conclusion 197
  • Acronyms 213
  • Glossary 215
  • Bibliography 217
  • Index 229
  • About the Book 237
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