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Zombies, Haiti, and (Sex) Workers: On Relating to Modernity/Coloniality and Subalterity


Zombie films, books, and metaphors appear to be here to stay, and this paper will go further to question the extension of the zombie metaphors into other realms. This work seeks to question whether workers in general, and specifically, sex-workers are an imagined zombie community. Do the original perceptions of the zonbi in the Haitian context mobilize this metaphor? And can the zombie metaphor be related to the literature on the subaltern, and on perceptions of modernity and coloniality?

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