Diasporic Africa A Reader

ISBN-10: 081473166X

ISBN-13: 9780814731666

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael A. Gomez

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"These 13 well-written scholarly essays are an eclectic compilation covering disparate topics, places, and time periods relating to the African Diaspora. . . . Recommended." --"Choice" Thus this book will be fruitful for ongoing debates on Diaspora and transnationalism and is indispensable for anyone interested in African Diaspora studies. --Journal of African History "This sparkling mosaic of thought from the African Diaspora redraws the boundaries of relevant scholarship to the benefit of a wide array of students and scholars. A greatly needed volume." --P. Sterling Stuckey, Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at Riverside "A valuable contribution to a vision of the African diaspora as intricately linked to specific histories, cultures and societies of Africa, both in the era of slavery and within the context of pan-Africanism." --Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, York University, Toronto Diasporic Africa presents the most recent research on the history and experiences of people of African descent outside of the African continent. By incorporating Europe and North Africa as well as North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, this reader shifts the discourse on the African diaspora away from its focus solely on the Americas, underscoring the fact that much of the movement of people of African descent took place in Old World contexts. This broader view allows for a more comprehensive approach to the study of the African diaspora. The volume provides an overview of African diaspora studies and features as a major concern a rigorous interrogation of"identity." Other primary themes include contributions to western civilization, from religion, music, and sports to agricultural production and medicine, as well as the way in which our understanding of the African diaspora fits into larger studies of transnational phenomena.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 317
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Michael Gomez is professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University. He is the author of Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South.

Introduction Diasporic Africa: A View from History
Transformations of the Cultural and Technological during Slavery
In an Ocean of Blue: West African Indigo Workers in the Atlantic World to 1800
Batuque: African Drumming and Dance between Repression and Concession: Bahia, 1808-1855
The Evolution of Ritual in the African Diaspora: Central African Kilundu in Brazil, St. Domingue, and the United States, Seventeenth-Nineteenth Centuries
Memory and Instantiations of the Divine
Bitter Herbs and a Lock of Hair: Recollections of Africa in Slave Narratives of the Garrisonian Era
Embracing the Religious Profession: The Antebellum Mission of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
Finding the Past, Making the Future: The African Hebrew Israelite Community's Alternative to the Black Diaspora
Spatial Responses of the African Diaspora in Jamaica: Focus on Rastafarian Architecture
Reconfiguring the Political/Contesting the Conceptual
Blacks and Slavery in Morocco: The Question of the Haratin at the End of the Seventeenth Century
Race and the Making of the Nation: Blacks in Modern France
"[She] devoted twenty minutes condemning all other forms of government but the Soviet": Black Women Radicals in the Garvey Movement and in the Left during the 1920s
"Boundaries of Law and Disorder": The "Grand Design" of Eldridge Cleaver and the "Overseas Revolution" in Cuba
Writing the Diaspora in Black International Literature "With Wider Hope in Some More Benign Fluid ...": Diaspora Consciousness and Literary Expression
Displacing Diaspora: Trafficking, African Women, and Transnational Practices
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