Why the Cocks Fight

Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola

Author: Michele Wucker

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1466867884

Category: History

Page: 324

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Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto. Yet, despite their antagonism, the two countries share a national symbol in the rooster--and a fundamental activity and favorite sport in the cockfight. In this book, Michele Wucker asks: "If the symbols that dominate a culture accurately express a nation's character, what kind of a country draws so heavily on images of cockfighting and roosters, birds bred to be aggressive? What does it mean when not one but two countries that are neighbors choose these symbols? Why do the cocks fight, and why do humans watch and glorify them?" Wucker studies the cockfight ritual in considerable detail, focusing as much on the customs and histories of these two nations as on their contemporary lifestyles and politics. Her well-cited and comprehensive volume also explores the relations of each nation toward the United States, which twice invaded both Haiti (in 1915 and 1994) and the Dominican Republic (in 1916 and 1965) during the twentieth century. Just as the owners of gamecocks contrive battles between their birds as a way of playing out human conflicts, Wucker argues, Haitian and Dominican leaders often stir up nationalist disputes and exaggerate their cultural and racial differences as a way of deflecting other kinds of turmoil. Thus Why the Cocks Fight highlights the factors in Caribbean history that still affect Hispaniola today, including the often contradictory policies of the U.S.

Lockout

Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right

Author: Michele Wucker

Publisher: Public Affairs

ISBN: 9781586485238

Category: Political Science

Page: 285

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Explores the current conflict within the United States about immigration policies, discussing the idea that immigrants must relinquish their native culture to fully assimilate into society and how this directly contradicts America's history of immigration.

Yolanda

Roman

Author: Julia Alvarez

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 349297726X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Yolanda Garcia, temperamentvoll, exzentrisch und in der Dominikanischen Republik geboren, will eigentlich nur eines: schreiben – was aber gar nicht so einfach ist in den USA, wohin sie als Kind mit ihren Eltern und Schwestern ausgewandert ist. Da ist ihre lebenslustige und liebenswerte Familie, die an ihr zerrt, da sind ihre Ehemänner und Liebhaber. Vor allem ist da aber das Gefühl, nirgends dazuzugehören. Erzählt wird Yolandas Leben von ihren lebhaften Schwestern, von Freundinnen, ihren diversen Liebhabern und Ehemännern. Auch die neue Heimat Yolandas die USA wird von verschiedenen Seiten betrachtet, genauso wie die märchenhafte Dominikanische Republik aus der die Familie einst floh, in die es die impulsive Yolanda aber immer wieder zurückzieht.

The Farming of Bones

Author: Edwidge Danticat

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569479291

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastien, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry. But Amabelle's world collapses when a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, leads to the slaughter of Haitian workers. Amabelle and Sebastien are separated, and she desperately flees the tide of violence for a Haiti she barely remembers. Already acknowledged as a classic, this harrowing story of love and survival—from one of the most important voices of her generation—is an unforgettable memorial to the victims of the Parsley Massacre and a testimony to the power of human memory. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Haitian-Dominican Counterpoint

Nation, State, and Race on Hispaniola

Author: E. Matibag

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403973806

Category: Social Science

Page: 269

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What would the island of Hispaniola look like if viewed as a loosely connected system? That is the question Haitian-Dominican Counterpointseeks to answer as it surveys the insular space shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic throughout their parallel histories. For beneath the familiar tale of hostilities, the systemic perspective reveals a lesser-known, "unitarian" narrative of interdependencies and reciprocal influences shaping each country'sidentity. In view of the sociocultural and economic linkages connecting the two countries, their relations would have to resemble not so much acockfight (the conventional metaphor) as a serial and polyrhythmic counterpoint.

Narren des Zufalls

die verborgene Rolle des Glücks an den Finanzmärkten und im Rest des Lebens

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 352750432X

Category:

Page: 352

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Natural Experiments of History

Author: Jared Diamond,James A. Robinson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674076710

Category: History

Page: 278

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In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the “natural experiment” or “comparative method”—well-known in any science concerned with the past—on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, “comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical analyses, different systems that are similar in many respects, but that differ with respect to the factors whose influence one wishes to study.” The case studies in the book support two overall conclusions about the study of human history: First, historical comparisons have the potential for yielding insights that cannot be extracted from a single case study alone. Second, insofar as is possible, when one proposes a conclusion, one may be able to strengthen one’s conclusion by gathering quantitative evidence (or at least ranking one’s outcomes from big to small), and then by testing the conclusion’s validity statistically.

Die Zeit der Schmetterlinge

Roman

Author: Julia Alvarez

Publisher: Piper Edition

ISBN: 3492977243

Category: Fiction

Page: 460

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»Ich sammelte alles Material über die ebenso tapferen wie schönen Frauen. Mich ließ die Frage nicht los: Woher hatten sie diesen ungewöhnlichen Mut genommen?« Schön, klug und mutig sind die Widerstandskämpferinnen Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa und Dedé Mirabal. Die vier Schwestern, genannt »die Schmetterlinge« wurden hinterrücks von den Schergen Trujillo, des Diktators der Dominikanischen Republik ermordet. Nur Dedé kam davon. Julia Alvarez zeichnet die außergewöhnlichen Lebensgeschichten der vier Schwestern nach. Jede kommt selbst zu Wort und schildert aus ihrer Sicht ihre Kindheit, ihre erste Liebe, ihre Familie und schließlich das politische Erwachen und den Mut den Diktator Trujillo zu bekämpfen.

Ethnic Groups of the Americas

An Encyclopedia

Author: James Minahan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691636

Category: Social Science

Page: 411

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Intended to help students explore ethnic identity—one of the most important issues of the 21st century—this concise, one-stop reference presents rigorously researched content on the national groups and ethnicities of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Nation Building, State Building, and Economic Development: Case Studies and Comparisons

Case Studies and Comparisons

Author: Sarah C.M. Paine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317464087

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

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Why do some countries remain poor and dysfunctional while others thrive and become affluent? The expert contributors to this volume seek to identify reasons why prosperity has increased rapidly in some countries but not others by constructing and comparing cases. The case studies focus on the processes of nation building, state building, and economic development in comparably situated countries over the past hundred years. Part I considers the colonial legacy of India, Algeria, the Philippines, and Manchuria. In Part II, the analysis shifts to the anticolonial development strategies of Soviet Russia, Ataturk's Turkey, Mao's China, and Nasser's Egypt. Part III is devoted to paired cases, in which ostensibly similar environments yielded very different outcomes: Haiti and the Dominican Republic; Jordan and Israel; the Republic of the Congo and neighboring Gabon; North Korea and South Korea; and, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. All the studies examine the combined constraints and opportunities facing policy makers, their policy objectives, and the effectiveness of their strategies. The concluding chapter distills what these cases can tell us about successful development - with findings that do not validate the conventional wisdom.

Crossing Broadway

Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City

Author: Robert W. Snyder

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801455170

Category: History

Page: 280

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In the 1970s, when the South Bronx burned and the promise of New Deal New York and postwar America gave way to despair, the people of Washington Heights at the northern tip of Manhattan were increasingly vulnerable. The Heights had long been a neighborhood where generations of newcomers—Irish, Jewish, Greek, African American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican—carved out better lives in their adopted city. But as New York City shifted from an industrial base to a service economy, new immigrants from the Dominican Republic struggled to gain a foothold. Then the crack epidemic of the 1980s and the drug wars sent Washington Heights to the brink of an urban nightmare. But it did not go over the edge. Robert W. Snyder's Crossing Broadway tells how disparate groups overcame their mutual suspicions to rehabilitate housing, build new schools, restore parks, and work with the police to bring safety to streets racked by crime and fear. It shows how a neighborhood once nicknamed "Frankfurt on the Hudson" for its large population of German Jews became “Quisqueya Heights”—the home of the nation’s largest Dominican community. The story of Washington Heights illuminates New York City’s long passage from the Great Depression and World War II through the urban crisis to the globalization and economic inequality of the twenty-first century. Washington Heights residents played crucial roles in saving their neighborhood, but its future as a home for working-class and middle-class people is by no means assured. The growing gap between rich and poor in contemporary New York puts new pressure on the Heights as more affluent newcomers move into buildings that once sustained generations of wage earners and the owners of small businesses. Crossing Broadway is based on historical research, reporting, and oral histories. Its narrative is powered by the stories of real people whose lives illuminate what was won and lost in northern Manhattan’s journey from the past to the present. A tribute to a great American neighborhood, this book shows how residents learned to cross Broadway—over the decades a boundary that has separated black and white, Jews and Irish, Dominican-born and American-born—and make common cause in pursuit of one of the most precious rights: the right to make a home and build a better life in New York City.

Empire's Crossroads

The Caribbean From Columbus to the Present Day

Author: Carrie Gibson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230766188

Category: History

Page: 480

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In Empire's Crossroads, Carrie Gibson offers readers a vivid, authoritative and action-packed history of the Caribbean. For Gibson, everything was created in the West Indies: the Europe of today, its financial foundations built with sugar money: the factories and mills built as a result of the work of slaves thousands of miles away; the idea of true equality as espoused in Saint Domingue in the 1790s; the slow progress to independence; and even globalization and migration, with the ships passing to and fro taking people and goods in all possible directions, hundreds of years before the term 'globalization' was coined. From Cuba to Haiti, from Dominica to Martinique, from Jamaica to Trinidad, the story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters - but of fortune-seekers and pirates, scientists and servants, travellers and tourists. It is not only a story of imperial expansion - European and American - but of global connections, and also of life as it is lived in the islands, both in the past and today.

Karibik

Author: James A. Michener

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783404119608

Category: Caribbean Area

Page: 1228

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The Gray Rhino

How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore

Author: Michele Wucker

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466887001

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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A "gray rhino" is a highly probable, high impact yet neglected threat: kin to both the elephant in the room and the improbable and unforeseeable black swan. Gray rhinos are not random surprises, but occur after a series of warnings and visible evidence. The bursting of the housing bubble in 2008, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, the new digital technologies that upended the media world, the fall of the Soviet Union...all were evident well in advance. Why do leaders and decision makers keep failing to address obvious dangers before they spiral out of control? Drawing on her extensive background in policy formation and crisis management, as well as in-depth interviews with leaders from around the world, Michele Wucker shows in The Gray Rhino how to recognize and strategically counter looming high impact threats. Filled with persuasive stories, real-world examples, and practical advice, The Gray Rhino is essential reading for managers, investors, planners, policy makers, and anyone who wants to understand how to profit by avoiding getting trampled.

Lonely Planet Reiseführer Dominikanische Republik

Author: Kevin Raub,Michael Grosberg

Publisher: Mair Dumont DE

ISBN: 3575445311

Category: Travel

Page: 600

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Lonely Planet Reiseführer Dominikanische Republik Lonely Planet E-Books sind besonders praktisch für unterwegs und sparen Gewicht im Reisegepäck! E-Book basiert auf: 2. Auflage 2017 Mit dem Lonely Planet "Dominikanische Republik" auf eigene Faustunterwegs auf der Karibik-Insel! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf 600 Seiten geben die Autoren sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tipps und Infos für die Planung der Reise, beschreiben alle interessanten Sehenswürdigkeiten mit aktuellen Öffnungszeiten und Preisen und präsentieren ihre persönlichen Entdeckungen und Tipps - auch für Globetrotter, die abseits der Touristenpfade unterwegs sein wollen. Schneeweiße Sandstrände an der Küste und eine gebirgige Topografie im Landesinnern bieten neben Faulenzen die Möglichkeit für zahlreiche Outdoor-Aktivitäten: Surfen und Kitesurfen, Wildwasser-Rafting und Kajakfahren, Tauchen und Schnorcheln, Wandern und Golfen, Gleitschirmfliegen, Mountainbiken und Reiten am Strand als auch in den Bergen. Was essen und wo schlafen? Mit Liebe zum Detail haben die Autoren ihre Informationen gesammelt und für jeden Geschmack und Geldbeutel Restaurants und Unterkünfte zusammengetragen. Abgerundet wird der Guide durch Übersichts- und Detailkarten, einem Farbkapitel zu den 18 Top-Highlights, Reiserouten, fundierte Hintergrundinformationen und - damit Sie gut durchs Land kommen - einen Sprachführer. Der Lonely-Planet-Reiseführer ist ehrlich, praktisch, witzig geschrieben und liefert inspirierende Eindrücke und Erfahrungen. Ob Backpacker, Pauschalreisender oder 5-Sterne-Tourist - mit dem Lonely Planet "Dominikanische Republik" kommen Sie ganz sicher gut durch den Inselstaat zwischen Atlantik und Karibik. Tipp: Erstellen Sie Ihren persönlichen Reiseplan durch Lesezeichen und Notizen... und durchsuchen Sie das E-Book mit der praktischen Volltextsuche!

Zurück auf Liebe

Roman

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104032319

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Liebe und andere Nervenzusammenbrüche – eine Andrews zum Spaßhaben, zum Weinen und zum Verlieben. Keeley Rae Murdock, eine seriöse 34-jährige Innenarchitektin, will morgen ihren Verlobten heiraten. Doch der vernascht beim Probedurchlauf im Country Club kurzerhand die Trauzeugin. Und das gleich im Saal neben dem Trauzimmer! Keeley verliert die Fassung. Sie bekommt den Tobsuchtsanfall ihres Lebens: Sie verpasst der Trauzeugin einen saftigen Fausthieb ins Gesicht, wirft Gläser an die Wand, ritzt in das Auto ihres Verlobten das Wort Arschloch und wirft dem Pfarrer das Beweismaterial mitten ins Gesicht – einen roten Stringtanga. Danach ist nichts mehr, wie es war. Die ganze Stadt hält sie für eine hysterische Zicke, und die Familie des Verflossenen übt sogar finanziellen Druck aus. Aber Keeley will es jetzt allen zeigen: Sie nimmt den Designauftrag eines ausgeflippten Typen an, der gerade neu in die Stadt gekommen ist ...