Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge

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This volume draws attention to the plight of urban blacks in the contemporary world and links their situation across five key global regions. It argues that while the world's population is predominantly urban, persons of African descent are disproportionately urbanized and impoverished, and it shows how significant changes in the global arena, among them new information technology, the increased hegemony of market structures, and the resulting socioeconomic instability, have altered the material circumstances of ...
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Overview

This volume draws attention to the plight of urban blacks in the contemporary world and links their situation across five key global regions. It argues that while the world's population is predominantly urban, persons of African descent are disproportionately urbanized and impoverished, and it shows how significant changes in the global arena, among them new information technology, the increased hegemony of market structures, and the resulting socioeconomic instability, have altered the material circumstances of these and other poor and working-class urban dwellers. The book argues further that although the problems triggered by the late-twentieth-century challenge appear to impact blacks uniformly, the societal and cultural-specific dimensions of their plight should not be overlooked. Its findings and implications buttress the need for greater unity among urban blacks in the diaspora, as well as offer solutions that are sensitive to their societal and cultural differences.
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Focusing on the problem of race and poverty in cities in North America, Western Europe, the Caribbean, Latin American, and sub- Saharan Africa, 16 contributors discuss the processes of globalization and urbanization and their impact on persons of African descent. They argue that persons of African descent are disproportionately urbanized and impoverished, and show how significant changes in the global arena, such as new information technology and the increased hegemony of market structures, have altered the material circumstances of poor and working-class urban dwellers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Globalization, Challenge, and the Black Diaspora
Pt. 1 Africa
1 Reaction and Resistance: Confronting Economic Crisis, Structural Adjustment, and Devaluation in Dakar, Senegal 15
2 Meeting the Challenge in an African City: Nairobi's Informal Economy in the 1980s and 1990s 43
3 Where Do the Majority Live in Urban Tanzania: Why and How? 61
Pt. 2 Latin America
4 Post-Invasion Panama: Urban Crisis and Social Protests 85
5 Rap in Puerto Rico: Reflections from the Margins 109
6 Neoliberalism in Venezuela: From Urban Riots to Presidential Impeachment 129
7 An Unsavory Union: Poverty, Racism, and the Murders of Street Youth in Brazil 149
Pt. 3 The Caribbean
8 Urbanism, Transnationalism, and the Caribbean: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago 171
9 Power and Identity among the Urban Poor of Jamaica 199
10 Women, Urbanization, and Structural Adjustment in St. Vincent 227
Pt. 4 North America
11 The Political Economy of the Black Urban Future: A History 247
12 By All Means Necessary: Rapping and Resisting in Urban Black America 269
13 Crisis and Lifestyles of Inner-City Bloods: Youth Culture as a Response to the Urban Environment 289
14 The Distorted Images of African Canadians: Impact, Implications, and Responses 307
Pt. 5 Europe
15 Urban Outcasts: Stigma and Division in the Black American Ghetto and the French Urban Periphery 331
16 Racism, Black People, and the City in Britain 357
Conclusion: Beyond the 21st Century 379
About the Contributors 387
Index 391
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