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: 1,510,901
  • 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 : a view from history 1
Pt. I Transformations of the cultural and technological during slavery 25
1 In an ocean of blue : West African Indigo workers in the Atlantic world to 1800 28
2 Batuque : African drumming and dance between repression and concession : Bahia, 1808-1855 45
3 The evolution of ritual in the African diaspora : Central African Kilundu in Brazil, St. Domingue, and the United States, seventeenth-nineteenth centuries 64
Pt. II Memory and instantiations of the divine 81
4 Bitter herbs and a lock of hair : recollections of Africa in slave narratives of the Garrisonian era 84
5 Embracing the religious profession : the antebellum mission of the oblate sisters of providence 105
6 Finding the past, making the future : the African Hebrew Israelite community's alternative to the black diaspora 123
7 Spatial responses of the African diaspora in Jamaica : focus on rastafarian architecture 147
Pt. III Reconfiguring the political/contesting the conceptual 171
8 Blacks and slavery in Morocco : the question of the Haratin at the end of the seventeenth century 177
9 Race and the making of the nation : blacks in modern France 200
10 "[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 219
11 "Boundaries of law and disorder" : the "grand design" of Eldridge cleaver and the "overseas revolution" in Cuba 251
12 Writing the diaspora in black international literature "with wider hope in some more benign fluid ..." : diaspora consciousness and literary expression 271
13 Displacing diaspora : trafficking, African women, and transnational practices 290
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