Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Edited by Philippe Zacaïr


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"A sophisticated, elegant, well-researched, very varied, brilliantly and fluidly written book. Also an indispensable guide to understanding the Haitian immigrant reality fully and completely."--Georges E. Fouron, SUNY-Stony Brook

"Adds an important dimension to our broader understanding of a topic often ignored in academic and popular literature--the complex issues of intra-Caribbean migration."--Robert Maguire, Trinity Washington University

During the past ten years, political debates, legal disputes, and rising violence associated with the presence of Haitian migrants have flared up throughout the Caribbean basin in such places as Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, French Guiana, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. The contributors to this volume explore the common thread of prejudice against the Haitian diaspora as well as its potential role in the construction of national narratives from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

These essays, written by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and Francophone studies scholars, examine how Haitians interact as an immigrant group with other parts of the Caribbean as well as how they are perceived and treated, particularly in terms of ethnicity and race, in their migration experience in the broader Caribbean.

By discussing the prevalence of anti-Haitianism throughout the region alongside the challenges Haitians face as immigrants, this volume completes the global view of the Haitian diaspora saga.

Philippe Zacair is associate professor of history at California State University-Fullerton.

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"This groundbreaking book aims at describing and understanding the opposition that Haitians have met with as they settle in the United States and other parts of the Caribbean. This collection of essays is the first comparative attempt to discuss anti-Haitian feelings across the Caribbean and the United States. Its interdisciplinary approaches make it a seminal book for students ready to consider migration and other transnational processes not just from the common understanding of hybridity and cultural creation but from the reality of stigmatizatoin and discrimination that many foreign nationals are subjected to." New West Indian Guide, Vol. 86, no. 1-2

Casts considerable light on and enhances our understanding of the experiences of Haitian migrants in their adopted homes.-- Louisiana History

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