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Who Owns Haiti?People, Power, and Sovereignty$
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Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062266

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062266.001.0001

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Reflections on Sovereignty

(p.166) 10 Conclusion
Who Owns Haiti?

Robert Maguire

Scott Freeman

Nicholas Johnson

University Press of Florida

This concluding chapter considers concepts fundamental to the ‘idea’ of Haiti as rooted in the Haitian revolution and the subsequent evolution of the independent nation. The analysis emanates from a dialogue at the end of a May 2014 symposium on Haitian sovereignty conducted among all panellists. Perspectives of sovereignty and ownership described in the volume contemplate international relations not only on a larger scale, but on an interpersonal level as well. Specifically, concepts of ‘honor’ and ‘respect’ that are present in Haitian greetings are contrasted to the way in which the international community ‘uses’ Haiti. By considering issues of participation and the actually existing needs of Haiti and Haitians, it is argued that the logic of respecting Haiti and Haitians, and their sovereignty as a people and a nation, has often been either absent or under assault. Honor and respect of Haiti and its people, however, are critically necessary elements for their future well-being, now more than ever.

Keywords:   Haiti, Revolution, Sovereignty, Ownership, Honor, Respect, Participation, International Relations

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