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- DescriptionBeverly Bell, an activist and award-winning writer, has dedicated her life to working for democracy, women's rights, and ecomic justice in Haiti and elsewhere. Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 12, 2010, that struck the island nation, killing more than a quarter-million people and leaving ather two million Haitians homeless, Bell has spent much of her time in Haiti. Her new book, Fault Lines, is a searing account of the first year after the earthquake. Bell explores how strong communities and an age-old gift culture have helped Haitians survive in the wake of an unimaginable disaster, one that only compounded the preexisting social and ecomic distress of their society. The book examines the history that caused such astromical destruction. It also draws in theories of resistance and social movements to scrutinize grassroots organizing for a more just and equitable country. Fault Lines offers rich perspectives rarely seen outside Haiti. Readers accompany the author through displaced persons camps, shantytowns, and rural villages, where they get a view that defies the stereotype of Haiti as a lost nation of victims. Street journals impart the author's intimate kwledge of the country, which spans thirty-five years. Fault Lines also combines excerpts of more than one hundred interviews with Haitians, historical and political analysis, and investigative journalism. Fault Lines includes twelve photos from the year following the 2010 earthquake. Bell also investigates and critiques U.S. foreign policy, emergency aid, standard development approaches, the role of ngovernmental organizations, and disaster capitalism. Woven through the text are comparisons to the crisis and cultural resistance in Bell's home city of New Orleans, when the levees broke in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ultimately a tale of hope, Fault Lines will give readers a new understanding of daily life, structural challenges, and collective dreams in one of the world's most complex countries.
- Author BiographyBeverly Bell is associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and runs the economic and social justice group Other Worlds. Winner of the Outstanding Journalism Award from Women's International Center and the PEN-New Mexico Award for Social Justice in Literature, she is the author of Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance and Fault Lines: Views across Haiti's Divide, both from Cornell. Edwidge Danticat is the renowned author of several bestselling books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Brother, I'm Dying; and Krik? Krak!
- Author(s)Beverly Bell
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication13/05/2013
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note12, 12 black & white halftones
- Weight371 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Foreword byEdwidge Danticat
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