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Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora

1st Edition

Edited by Regine O. Jackson


318 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book considers the full sweep of Haitian community invention and recreation in a multitude of national territories, with an eye toward the "place" factors that shape the everyday lives of Haitian migrants. Regine O. Jackson brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore how Haitian communities differ across time and place, as well as how migrants adjust to new economic, political and racial realities. The volume includes descriptive ethnographies of Haitians in 19th century Jamaica, eastern Cuba, Detroit, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Paris, and Boston, and innovative scholarly work on non-geographic sites of Haitian community building. The most important question addressed here is not whether the places described represent typical or exceptional Haitian diasporic communities, but how, why and to what effect do Haitians in particular places use diaspora as a signifier. By examining the diversity (and sameness) of the Haitian experience in diaspora, Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora asks how we might situate community in view of increased scholarly attention to transnational processes.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Images. List of Maps. List of Tables. Foreword: Locality, Globality and the Popularization of a Diasporic Consciousness: Learning from the Haitian Case Nina Glick Schiller. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Les espaces Haïtiens: Remapping the Geography of the Haitian Diaspora Regine O. Jackson Part I: Lateral Moves 1. From the Port of Princes to the City of Kings: Jamaica and the Roots of the Haitian Diaspora Matthew J. Smith 2. The Dialectic of Marginality in the Haitian Community of Guadeloupe, French West Indies Paul Brodwin 3. The Onion of Oppression: Haitians in the Dominican Republic Samuel Martínez 4. On the Margins: The Emergence of a Haitian Diasporic Enclave in Eastern Cuba Yanique Hume 5. Between Periphery and Center: The Transnational Practices of Haitian Migrants in The Bahamas Ermitte St. Jacques Part II: Siting Diaspora 6. Mediating Institutions and the Adaptation of Haitian Immigrants in Paris Margarita Mooney 7. The Uses of Diaspora among Haitians in Boston Regine O. Jackson 8. Haitian Migration and Community-Building in Southeastern Michigan, 1966-1998 Chantalle F. Verna 9. Deporting Diaspora’s Future? Forced Return Migration as an Ethnographic Lens on Generational Differences among Haitian Migrants in Montréal Heike Drotbohm Part III: Diaspora as Metageography 10. Listening for Geographies: Music as Sonic Compass Pointing Towards African and Christian Diasporic Horizons in the Caribbean Elizabeth McAlister 11. The Reproduction of Color and Class Hierarchies in Haitian Bilingual Classrooms Fabienne Doucet 12. Language, Identity and Public Sphere in Haiti’s Diaspora: The Evolution of the Haitian Creolists’ Internet Network Angel Adams Parham 13. Going Home Again and Again and Again: Coffee Memories, Peasant Food and the Vodou Some of Us Do Gina Athena Ulysse. Contributors. Bibliography. Index.

About the Editor

Regine O. Jackson is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Emory University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on African and Black Diaspora

Routledge  Studies  on  African  and  Black  Diaspora is  designed  as  a  forum  that confronts established  academic  boundaries  in  the  study  of  social,  cultural  and political history of people  of  African  descent  while  at  the  same  time  exploring  the  contours  of  knowledge production and  understanding about Africa and its diaspora through rigorous and critical scrutiny.

The series marks a critical development in publishing theoretically and historically significant works   on   the   lived   experiences   of   people   of   African   descent   in   all  parts  of  the world. The  series publishes original works of the highest    quality   from  across  the broad  disciplinary  fields  of  social  sciences  and  humanities  with  a  strong  emphasis  on theoretically informed  and  empirically  grounded  texts.  Focus  issues  include  the centrality of power  and resistance, knowledge production, gendered cartographies, memory, race, class and  other aspects of social identity   in exploring   different dimensions (cultural, geographic, political, social and psychological)  through which people  of  the  African  descent have  moved in  the context  of globalized and transnational spaces.

The editors welcome book proposals as well as manuscripts that address issues related to  African and Black  Diaspora. Single authored manuscripts as well as thematically coherent  edited  volumes will  be considered.  Inquiries should be directed to the Series Editors or the Routledge editor:

Fassil Demissie,
DePaul University, (

Sandra Jackson,
DePaul University (

Leanne Hinves

Routledge Books (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)