Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume VII • Issue 4 • Fall 2009

Migrating Identities and Perspectives: Latin America and the Caribbean in Local and Global Contexts

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

Issue Co-Editors: 

  • Terry-Ann Jones , Fairfield University
  • Eric Mielants, Fairfield University


This Fall 2009 (VII, 4) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge entitled “Migrating Identities and Perspectives: Latin America and the Caribbean in Local and Global Contexts,” focuses on the complexity of identity formations experienced by migrants in the world-system, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean which have been at the heart of many recent scholarly debates in migration studies and the subsequent emergence of transnationalism. The collection can be therefore understood as an attempt to establish an intellectual dialogue between different academic disciplines, as well as theoretical perspectives. Among the various themes of this issue is the importance of context, as illustrated through the use of comparisons, and the application to the domestic migration context of theoretical approaches commonly used to explain international migration. Another theme that emerges among these papers is that of integration, or in the case of deportees—a very specific group of immigrants—reintegration. A crucial aspect of incorporation is identity formation, often central to migration research and highlighted in a variety of ways in the papers. Contributors include: Terry-Ann Jones (also as journal issue guest editor), Eric Mielants (also as journal issue guest editor), Per Unheim, David Carment, Carlo Dade, Dwaine Plaza, Cédric Audebert, Heike Drotbohm, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.

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vii—Editor’s Note: Migrating Identities and Perspectives
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1—Introduction: Identity Formation and Migration Focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean
Terry-Ann Jones and Eric Mielants. Fairfield University

5—Migration Theory in the Domestic Context: North-South Labor Movement in Brazil
Terry-Ann Jones, Fairfield University

15—The International Peace and Conflict Dimensions of Jamaican and Haitian Diasporas
Stewart Prest, University of British Columbia; Andrew Harrington, United States Institute of Peace;
Per Unheim, Carleton University; David Carment, Carleton University; and Carlo Dade, FOCAL

37—Transnational Identity Maintenance via the Internet: A Content Analysis of the Websites Constructed by Second Generation Caribbean-Origin Students in Post–Secondary Institutions
Dwaine Plaza, Oregon State University

53—Residential Patterns and Political Empowerment among Jamaicans and Haitians in the U.S. Metropolis: The Role of Ethnicity in New York and South Florida
Cédric Audebert, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

69—Deporting Diaspora’s Future?: Forced Transnationalism and Generational Conflicts in the Haitian Community of Montreal
Heike Drotbohm, University of Freiburg, Germany