Understanding Haiti as a Case Study of Capitalist Modernity

An Interview with Philippe-Richard Marius

“Combat de Vertières” by Patrick Noze, oil on canvas, from Haitian Art in the Diaspora. The Battle of Vertières was the decisive engagement of the Haitian revolution, fought in November 1803.

In this interview, College of Staten Island CUNY professor and anthropologist Philippe-Richard Marius, author of The Unexceptional Case of Haiti: Race and Class Privilege in Postcolonial Bourgeois Society (University Press of Mississippi, 2022) breaks down the social and political nature of Haiti’s racial and class structures, both past and present. Without undermining the incredible accomplishment of the enslaved people of Saint-Domingue and by employing ethnographic research and conducting personal interviews, he interprets the material culture of the country to explain it as an unexceptional case study.

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Daniel Falcone is a teacher, journalist, and PhD student in the World History program at St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY as well as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He resides in New York City.

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