My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (Hardback)
  • My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (Hardback)

My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (Hardback)

Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 19/12/2014
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Offers a greater understanding of the spread of Protestant Christianity, both regionally and globally, by studying local transformations in the Haitian diaspora of the Bahamas. In the Haitian diaspora, as in Haiti itself, the majority ofHaitians have long practiced Catholicism or Vodou. However, Protestant forms ofChristianity now flourish both in Haiti and beyond. In the Bahamas, whereapproximately one in five people are now Haitian-born or Haitian-descended,Protestantism has become the majority religion for immigrant Haitians. In My Soul Is in Haiti, Bertin M. Louis, Jr. hascombined multi-sited ethnographic research in the United States, Haiti, and theBahamas with a transnational framework to analyze why Protestantism hasappealed to the Haitian diaspora community in the Bahamas. The volumeillustrates how devout Haitian Protestant migrants use their religiousidentities to ground themselves in a place that is hostile to them as migrants,and it also uncovers how their religious faith ties in to their belief in theneed to "save" their homeland, as they re-imagine Haiti politically and morallyas a Protestant Christian nation. This important look at transnational migration betweensecond and third world countries shows how notions of nationalism among Haitianmigrants in the Bahamas are filtered through their religious beliefs. Bystudying local transformations in the Haitian diaspora of the Bahamas, Louisoffers a greater understanding of the spread of Protestant Christianity, bothregionally and globally.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479809936
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

"Dr. Bertin M. Louis Jr. has just offered to the world of intelligentsia a remarkable book on the culture of Haitian Protestantism in the Haitian diaspora of the Bahamas. It is, without a doubt, a roadmap for cultural anthropology or ethnography designed for researchers with deep insights, students, and scholars to address religious issues, not only under the lens of inquiry, but with a profound thirst for social justice."-Ethnic and Racial Studies,Clarence St. Hilaire
"A ground-breaking study drawing on five years of transnational ethnographic research in the Bahamas, Haiti, and the United States. As a Haitian-American, Louis is cognizant of the subtleties of Haitian culture and the cultural differences between Haitians living in Haiti and Haitians living abroad. A major strength of this book is the author's keen recognition of the importance of boundary maintenance and his insights into native constructions of 'religion,' such as the distinction Haitians make between being Protestant (Pwotestan) and being Christian (Kretyen)."-Stephen D. Glazier,University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"My Soul is in Haiti offers much for us to seriously contemplate."-Black Theology
"[F]or bringing Haitian Protestantism to our attention-and apparently to the attention of Bahamians-and for linking religion to class, race, and transnational variables, the project is a welcome addition to the literature on Latin and Caribbean Christianity."-Anthropology Review Database
"A ground breaking study of the evangelical Protestant churches in the Haitian communities of the Bahamas, describing the ways in which these churches provide their congregations with a sense of national and transnational identity. Vital for students of diasporic and transnational studies, anthropologists, historians and sociologists of religion, this book is a comprehensive study likely to be the authoritative source on this topic for years to come."-Leslie G. Desmangles,Trinity College

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