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.
- Dominican Republic
- national identity