Showing posts with label New Book: My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas by Bertin Louis (NYU 2014). Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Book: My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas by Bertin Louis (NYU 2014). Show all posts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dr. Bertin Louis's New Book: My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (NYU 2014)

"Haiti: Then and Now" is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Dr. Bertin M. Louis Jr. 


 Description


"In the Haitian diaspora, as in Haiti itself, the majority of Haitians have long practiced Catholicism or Vodou. However, Protestant forms of Christianity now flourish both in Haiti and beyond. In the Bahamas, where approximately 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. has combined multi-sited ethnographic research in the United States, Haiti, and the Bahamas with a transnational framework to analyze why Protestantism has appealed to the Haitian diaspora community in the Bahamas. The volume illustrates how devout Haitian Protestant migrants use their religious identities 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 the need to “save” their homeland, as they re-imagine Haiti politically and morally as a Protestant Christian nation.
This important look at transnational migration between second and third world countries shows how notions of nationalism among Haitian migrants in the Bahamas are filtered through their religious beliefs. By studying local transformations in the Haitian diaspora of the Bahamas, Louis offers a greater understanding of the spread of Protestant Christianity, both regionally and globally."

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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

"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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We look forward to interviewing Dr. Louis about this important work. 
Anyone who is interested in understanding the Haitian experience in religion and its dynamics --especially Haitian Protestantism in the Diaspora---should purchase this book!
With this book, Prof. Louis has inaugurated a new field of study in Haitian religion: Haitian Protestantism in the Diaspora.