Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion in Miami

Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion in Miami

by Terry Rey, Alex Stepick, Archbishop Thomas Wenski
     
 

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Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s,
significant numbers of Haitian immigrants began to arrive and settle in Miami.
Overcoming some of the most foreboding obstacles ever to face immigrants in
America, they, their children, and now their grandchildren, as well as more recently arriving immigrants from Haiti, have diversified

Overview

Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s,
significant numbers of Haitian immigrants began to arrive and settle in Miami.
Overcoming some of the most foreboding obstacles ever to face immigrants in
America, they, their children, and now their grandchildren, as well as more recently arriving immigrants from Haiti, have diversified socioeconomically.
Together, they have made South Florida home to the largest population of native-born Haitians and diasporic Haitians outside of the Caribbean and one of the most significant Caribbean immigrant communities in the world. Religion has played a central role in making all of this happen.

Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith is a historical and ethnographic study of Haitian religion in immigrant communities, based on fieldwork in both Miami and Haiti, as well as extensive archival research.
Where many studies of Haitian religion limit themselves to one faith, Rey and
Stepick explore Catholicism, Protestantism, and Vodou in conversation with one another, suggesting that despite the differences between these practices, the three faiths ultimately create a sense of unity, fulfillment, and self-worth in
Haitian communities. This meticulously researched and vibrantly written book contributes to the growing body of literature on religion among new immigrants,
as well as providing a rich exploration of Haitian faith communities.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Conjoining historical method with rich ethnographical material, Rey and Stepick offer a holistic view of Haitian religion in Miami….
Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith’s treatment of Haitian religion will be of value to scholars and students interested in Diaspora religions and sociology/anthropology of religion.”-Religion Studies Review

Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith successfully locates Catholic, Protestant, and Vodouist religious identities in Haitian Miami and illustrates the diversity of religious places in the diaspora. Rey and Stepick’s extensive fieldwork yields vivid anecdotes of faithful persons, sensitive considerations of immigrant struggle and resilience and, to date, the most comprehensive theory of Haitian American religious lives."-Southern Spaces

“This outstanding book is the first comprehensive overview of the rise and existing triangular relations between the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Vodou communities among Haitians in Miami, Florida. The authors let their subjects speak and reveal the importance these religious traditions play in Haitians’ transnational experiences. This volume should be of interest to a general readership and is especially of vital importance to anthropologists, sociologists, theologians and historians of American religion.”-Leslie Desmangles,Trinity College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814777084
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Series:
North American Religions Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher

“This outstanding book is the first comprehensive overview of the rise and existing triangular relations between the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Vodou communities among Haitians in South Miami, Florida. The authors let their subjects speak and reveal the importance of these religious traditions play in Haitians’ transnational experiences. This volume should be of interest to a general readership and is especially of vital importance to anthropologists, sociologists, theologians and historians of American religion.”-Leslie Desmangles,Trinity College

“A monumental scholarly achievement by two excellent scholars of the three main religions in Haiti and its diaspora: Catholicism, Protestantism, and Vodou. Because of its breadth—covering all three religions of Haiti—and the length of time it covers—decades—no one will be able to teach or write about Haitian and/or Caribbean religion without citing this work.”-Margarita A. Mooney,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meet the Author

Terry Rey was formerly Professeur de Sociologie des Religions at Université d’État d’Haïti and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University. He is now Associate Professor of Religion at Temple University.

Alex Stepick is Professor of Sociology at Portland State University and Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University, where he also is Director of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy.

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