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Research Literature on Haitian Americans: Trends and Outlook

  • Yanick St. Jean
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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

What does it mean to be “Haitian American”? What links a Haitian diaspora to their homeland and the broader Caribbean? How important are such links? Key research literature of the past two decades provides insights into these questions. A consistent theme running through these works is the transnational nature of Haitian American life. “Home” is kept alive through language, religion, health care practices, a collective memory of fame and infamy. Haitian American identity is complex, hybrid, neither Haitian nor American. This complexity tends to be either neglected or misrepresented, and results in tensions. Studying the complexity of the relationship between country of origin and country of resettlement will reveal their common side and facilitate the development of a paradigm for the entire Caribbean.

Keywords

Haitian Americans Transnationalism Diaspora Diasporic citizenship Immigration Racial identity Caribbean 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthwest Arkansas Community CollegeBentonvilleUSA

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