‘Sisyphus Revisited’

In light of the recent political protests in Haiti, the Focus on Haiti team thought it would be appropriate to reintroduce an article previously published by Dr. Robert Maguire analyzing the relationship and distribution of power between the lower classes and elites in Haiti as our second Working Paper.

The article ‘Sisyphus Revisited’ relates the Greek myth of Sisyphus’s struggle, to push a boulder up a mountain only to be overwhelmed before reaching the top, to the struggle of lower class Haitians for recognition and respect from elites.

The article was originally written by Dr. Robert Maguire for the 1994 volume 5 of the journal Caribbean Geography and is available in PDF format here: Sisyphus Revisited: grassroots development and community conflicts in Haiti.’