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Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
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Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

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Necropolitics I: From an “African Horde” to a Modern Country

Necropolitics I: From an “African Horde” to a Modern Country

Trujillo's Body Politic and the Haitian Enemy

(p.202) Necropolitics I: From an “African Horde” to a Modern Country
Binding Violence
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This chapter interprets Trujillo's genocide of Haitian immigrants in 1937 as his binding of a political constituency through the transformation of the Haitians into “life that can be killed” with impunity—that is, outside legal and communal rites. It also considers the dictator's background of civic dissolution as granting meaning to his mission of “salvation”—namely, the production of the internal enemies to be eliminated.

Keywords:   Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, genocide, Haitian immigrants, salvation

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