Nou Kotize Pami Nou: Financial Support Networks, Leveling Mechanisms, and Political Economic Change in Northern Haiti
AdvisorWoodson, Drexel G.
Park, Thomas K.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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EmbargoRelease after 01/11/2027
AbstractThe rural Commune of Limonade, located on Haiti’s northern coast, has a vibrant civil society comprised mostly of younger residents spanning a wide variety of private voluntary organizations (PVOs). To fund their activities, PVOs solicit resources from local figures by writing formal letters of request known as lèt demann. Drawing on 1.5 years of ethnographic fieldwork and a sample of 56 PVOs from across Limonade, this dissertation documents efforts to establish new resource flows by describing the practice of circulating lèt demann and the networks of support they entail. Sample groups wrote 1,270 lèt demann to 579 individuals, forming a rich network dataset. Literature on social support networks in Haiti and elsewhere raise the expectation that groups would call upon the solidarity networks and personal relations of group members for support. Focusing on the practice of circulating lèt demann and the character and composition of lèt demann networks, this dissertation adds to the conversation by demonstrating that lèt demann networks are highly selective, patterned, and strategic, targeting certain social and economic categories of people who are not among the personal relations of any group member.
Degree ProgramGraduate College