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Georges Woke up Laughing : Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home

Georges Woke up Laughing : Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822327912

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ISBN13: 978-0822327912
ISBN10: 0822327910
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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Georges Woke up Laughing : Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822327912

Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Eugene Fouron

ISBN13: 978-0822327912
ISBN10: 0822327910
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Duke University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Combining history, autobiography, and ethnography, Georges Woke Up Laughing provides a portrait of the Haitian experience of migration to the United States to illuminate the phenomenon of long-distance nationalism, the voicelessness of certain citizens, and the impotency of government in an increasingly globalized world. By presenting lively ruminations on his life as a Haitian immigrant, Georges E. Fouron--along with Nina Glick Schiller, whose own family history stems from Poland and Russia--captures the daily struggles for survival that bind together those who emigrate and those who stay behind.

According to a long-standing myth, once emigrants leave their homelands--particularly if they emigrate to the United States--they sever old nationalistic ties, assimilate, and happily live the American dream. In fact, many migrants remain intimately and integrally tied to their ancestral homeland, sometimes even after they become legal citizens of another country. In Georges Woke Up Laughing the authors reveal the realities and dilemmas that underlie the efforts of long-distance nationalists to redefine citizenship, race, nationality, and political loyalty. Through discussions of the history and economics that link the United States with countries around the world, Glick Schiller and Fouron highlight the forces that shape emigrants' experiences of government and citizenship, creating a transborder citizenry. Arguing that governments of many countries today have almost no power to implement policies that will assist their citizens, the authors provide insights into ongoing sociological, anthropological, and political effects of globalization.

Georges Woke up Laughing will entertain and inform those who are concerned about the rights of people and the power of their governments within the globalizing economy.

Author Bio

Glick Schiller, Nina : University of New Hampshire

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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