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Where Haitians are, where Haitians can come : belonging and cultural reproduction among Haitian immigrant Pentecostals in Canada

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Where Haitians are, where Haitians can come : belonging and cultural reproduction among Haitian immigrant Pentecostals in Canada

Eze, Debie (2007) Where Haitians are, where Haitians can come : belonging and cultural reproduction among Haitian immigrant Pentecostals in Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the connection between religion and immigration. It delves into immigrant religious institutions in an effort to discover how immigrant's sense of belonging to their host and home nations was formed after migration. Within this context, this study will show how religious sites can become powerful sites for cultural reproduction and ethnic identity reaffirmation. Focusing on Haitian immigrants this work will shed some light on the origins of two Haitian Pentecostal congregations in Toronto and Montréal. It will also outline the manner in which members of these congregations conceptualize their belonging in Canadian society by deconstructing my collaborators accounts of their perceptions of the use of language in the church. In particular, I will be looking at the effects of transnationality and state policies. Lastly, the study will show that religion plays a fundamental role in shaping an immigrant's sense of belonging. It will do so by illustrating how ethnic identity reproduction, more specifically how the use of native vernaculars fortified congregant commitment to the institution, reproduce ethnic identity, and engendered a sense of community.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Eze, Debie
Pagination:vii, 137 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):LeBlanc, Marie Natalie
ID Code:975681
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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