Identifications and Kinships among Haitians in French Guiana

Maud Laëthier

in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034614
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039053 | DOI:
Identifications and Kinships among Haitians in French Guiana

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This chapter deals with the situation of Haitian migrants with regard to cultural and political affirmation in Guiana. Migratory networks, migrants' living situations, and their sense of identity are some of the points touched upon in the chapter. Theoretical notion of “diaspora” and “black diaspora” is also reflected upon here. Haitian immigration in Guiana is thoroughly examined and much emphasis is laid on the idea of Haitians possessing a different “origin” than locals. Haitians are known to not be very enthusiastic in defining Creole aspect of their identity. The organization of living quarters and the territorialization process are the also highlighted of this chapter.

Keywords: Haitian migrants; political affirmation; Guiana; migratory network; diaspora; black diaspora; Haitian immigration; origin; Creole; territorialization

Chapter.  8711 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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