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Fault LinesViews across Haiti's Divide$
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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Thirty-Five Seconds

(p.1) Introduction
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This book offers an account of the first year after the Haitian earthquake of 2010, focusing on the deep fault lines caused by the disaster on the society, economy, and polity. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Haitians, it examines the alternative principles and practices that the grassroots have tried to establish over time. It looks at the commitment to community and sharing, what Haitians call solidarity, and considers how the old practices went into overdrive after the disaster. It discusses the search-and-rescue operations, led by common citizens instead of foreign soldiers with German shepherds. It recounts the experiences of first responders and describes the citizen relief efforts that filled the enormous gap between foreign donations and the urgent needs of survivors. It also explores the agenda and endeavors of social movements in contrast to the disaster capitalism that has run rampant in Haiti. The stories told in this book are ultimately about hope.

Keywords:   earthquake, Haiti, solidarity, search-and-rescue operations, first responders, citizen relief, foreign donations, social movements, disaster capitalism, hope

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