Transcending imaginations through football participation and narratives of the other: Haitian national identity in the Dominican Republic

Nicholas Wise

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    Abstract

    Reflexive narratives aim to produce new knowledge regarding some social or cultural phenomena. This paper explores the Haitian national identity from the perspective of a volunteer tourist and football participant. Although football first arrived to the Dominican Republic prior to World War II, the game's influence increased as Haitians moved across the national border that divides the island of Hispaniola. For Haitians, football distracts participants from feared social inequalities, while the field gives them presence, belonging, and a sense of being in place. Many Haitians reference football as their connection with home – and this connection unites the community. This work engages with notions of staging and performing identity to identify and acknowledge themes relative to being the other and out of place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)259-275
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Sport and Tourism
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • football
    • Dominican Republic
    • tourism
    • national identity

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