Diasporic Africa: A Reader / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.”
-Sterling Stuckey,Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at Riverside

“Many of the essays included in this volume are excellent, and all of them raise issues of interest.”
-African Affairs

“These 13 well-written scholarly essays are an eclectic compilation covering disparate topics, places, and time periods relating to the African Diaspora. . . . Recommended.”

“Makes a fine introduction to recent scholarship on the African Diaspora, from the slave trade and the geographic dispersal of African people, to the modern conceptualization of the Diaspora as an imagined homeland.”
-International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814731666
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 1,546,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Diasporic Africa
Michael A. Gomez
Part I Transformations of the Cultural and Technological during Slavery
1 In an Ocean of Blue
Frederick Knight
2 Batuque
João José Reis
3 The Evolution of Ritual in the African Diaspora
James H. Sweet
Part II Memory and Instantiations of the Divine
4 Bitter Herbs and a Lock of Hair
Jermaine O. Archer
5 Embracing the Religious Profession
Diane Batts Morrow
6 Finding the Past, Making the Future
Fran Markowitz
7 Spatial Responses of the African Diaspora in Jamaica
Elizabeth Pigou-Dennis
Part III Reconfiguring the Political/Contesting the Conceptual
8 Blacks and Slavery in Morocco
Chouki El Hamel
9 Race and the Making of the Nation
Tyler Stovall
10 “[She] devoted twenty minutes condemning all other forms of
government but the Soviet”
Erik S. McDufie
11 “Boundaries of Law and Disorder”
Rose C. Thevenin
12 Writing the Diaspora in Black International Literature “With Wider Hope in Some More Benign Fluid . . .”
Wendy W.Walters
13 Displacing Diaspora
Asale Angel-Ajani
About the Contributors

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