New Book on Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance
This new book from Center for Economic Justice director Bev Bell focuses on, among other things, the impacts of structural adjustment in Haiti and the responses and resistance strategies of Haitian women to such policies.
Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance
By Beverly Bell
From Cornell University Press
Foreword by Edwidge Danticat
''Beverly Bell's remarkable book allows thirty-eight Haitian women to speak for themselves... They weave together an inspiring study in resistance and alternative models of power.''- Susan Sarandon
''Beverly Bell opens a door that has been closed for much too long. Oppressed beyond imagination, these voices convey sensibility, courage,
creativity and power. I am moved at my core."- Margaret Randall
Haiti, noted for poverty and repression, has a long, powerful, and too-often-overlooked history of resistance. Equally powerful and overlooked has been the role of women within that resistance.
Walking on Fire brings together thirty-eight oral histories from a diverse group of Haitian women. The narrators include, for example, a former prime minister, an illiterate poet, and a vodou dancer. Together they tell the untold story of how Haiti's poor and dispossessed have -- despite all odds
staked out the survival of their human integrity, community, political voice, and democracy. They combine theory with case studies of resistance, gender, and power. Their narratives, and the accompanying analysis, recount how their acts have collectively changed the balance of political and social power in Haiti.
Beverly Bell is the founder and director of the Center for Economic Justice
in Albuquerque, N.M. She has worked closely with the Haitian democracy and
women's movements for more than two decades. Edwidge Danticat is the author
of Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Farming of Bones, and Krik? Krak!
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