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The (extra)ordinary of help: untold stories on disaster and generosity in the Grand'Anse, Haiti

Grant number: 12/12402-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2012
Effective date (End): August 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Omar Ribeiro Thomaz
Grantee:Ana Elisa de Figueiredo Bersani
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/15059-0 - Critical events and humanitarian aid: an anthropological perspective, BE.EP.MS

Abstract

This Project aims to reveal and analyze critically the social dynamics existing in Haiti, which were put into practice after the earthquake in 2010 and played a key role in ensuring the maintenance of order and the survival of many homeless. Taking into account the purpose and duration of this research, a specific field was delimited in the south region of the country, more precisely in the city of Jérémie. Firstly, we intend to discuss the historical evolution and the actual situation of Haiti after the natural disaster. Secondly, we intend to explore the relevant issues for the anthropological research by deeply analyzing the role of the State and the actions of the international humanitarian aid organizations in this country. Finally, we intend to build a critical and useful interpretation for the anthropological field discussion, by using a research focused on dynamics and social mechanisms articulated in the context of Haitian civil society. (AU)

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