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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814777091
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Series: North American Religions Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.63(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Haitian Religion in Miami 1
1 The Haitian Catholic Church in Miami: When the Saints
Go Sailing In 33
2 Immigrant Faith and Class Distinctions: Haitian Catholics
beyond Little Haiti 59
3 Feting Haiti’s Patron Saint in Little Haiti: The Feast of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help 83
4 Vodou in the Magic City: Serving the Spirits across the Sea 113
5 Storefront and Transnational Protestantism in Little
Haiti: Harvesting the Gospel in the Haitian Church of the
Open Door 151
Conclusion: Beasts, Gods, and Transnational
Transubstantiation 189
Appendices 203
Notes 227
Bibliography 237
Index 253
About the Authors 266

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“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

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