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Acknowledgments ix
1. "At First I Was Laughing" 1
2. Long-Distance Nationalism Defined 17
3. Delivering the Commission: The Return of the Native 36
4. "Without Them, I Would Not Be Here": Transnational Kinship 58
5. "The Blood Remains Haitian": Race, Nation, and Belonging in the Transmigrant Experience 92
6. "She Tried to Reclaim Me": Gendered Long-Distance Nationalism 130
7. The Generation of Identity: The Long-Distance Nationalism of the Second Generation 155
8. "The Responsible State": Dialogues of a Transborder Citizenry 178
9. The Apparent State: Sovereignty and the State of U.S.-Haitian Relations 208
10. Long-Distance Nationalism as a Debate: Shared Symbols and Disparate Messages 238
11. The Other Side of the Two-Way Street: Long-Distance Nationalism as a Subaltern Agenda 258
Notes 275
Bibliography 298
Index 314

About the Author

Nina Glick Schiller is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire.Georges Eugene Fouron is Associate Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


"Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Fouron do a masterful job of describing the full spectrum of factors shaping the experience of migration, ranging from utopian dreams of the home country to the hard reality that some states are only apparent states. This is a work of inspired ethnographic research, stunning scholarship, and creative grace and energy." - Karen McCarthy Brown, author of Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

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