Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora

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Contributors ranging from architects to linguists explore the cultural and spiritual dynamics of migrations in Africa and the African diaspora. The co-authored volume provides readers with fresh insights on African migration and the attendant implications, productions and generations of the historic experiences of those who were forcefully displaced and others who willfully relocated to other spaces of the world. The book seeks to: (1) engage debates on multiple issues which underpin the provoking history of ...

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Contributors ranging from architects to linguists explore the cultural and spiritual dynamics of migrations in Africa and the African diaspora. The co-authored volume provides readers with fresh insights on African migration and the attendant implications, productions and generations of the historic experiences of those who were forcefully displaced and others who willfully relocated to other spaces of the world. The book seeks to: (1) engage debates on multiple issues which underpin the provoking history of African migration and their attendant implications, (2) provoke a rethinking of the sociology and politics of migrating souls and resistant spirits in the Americas, Europe and Africa, the restive yet resolute entities, scattered, still, metaphorically united in their quest for, and hold on to identity, (3) engender fresh understanding and interpretations of cultural ethos of African native homelands and establish, where present, their replication in migrant communities in the diaspora, and (4) tie African migration history with modernity thereby underscoring the points of their interactions, departures, and tangentially establishing remembrances.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594604607
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin as well as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Niyi Afolabi is a professor of African and African diaspora studies at the W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Aderonke A. Adesanya is an art historian who teaches as the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: Migrating Souls, Resistant Spirits Toyin Falola Falola, Toyin Niyi Afolabi Afolabi, Niyi Aderonke A. Adesanya Adesanya, Aderonke A. 3

Ch. 2 Transnational Displacement and Cultural Continuity: The Survival of Yoruba Religious Poetry in the Americas Akintunde Akinyemi Akinyemi, Akintunde 29

Ch. 3 Finding Africa in the Dances of the Gods Cheryl Sterling Sterling, Cheryl 47

Ch. 4 Milton Nascimento's Missa Dos Quilombos: Musical Invocation, Race, and Liberation Niyi Afolabi Afolabi, Niyi 65

Ch. 5 Migration and Slavery as Paradigms in the Aesthetic Transformation of Yoruba Art in the Americas Christopher Adejumo Adejumo, Christopher 81

Ch. 6 In the Eye of the Storm: Conflict Impact on Pre- and Post-Colonial Art Tradition in Ibadan Aderonke A. Adesanya Adesanya, Aderonke A. 103

Ch. 7 Hybrid Forms in the Built Environment: A Case Study of African Cities Abimbola O. Asojo Asojo, Abimbola O. 135

Ch. 8 "Africa Speaks in Me": How the Diaspora Shaped the Languages of the Caribbean, Then and Now Ann Albuyeh Albuyeh, Ann 147

Ch. 9 Language Maintenance among Akan-Ghanaian Immigrants Living in the United States Samuel Gyasi Obeng Obeng, Samuel Gyasi 179

Ch. 10 Forensic Language Analysis in Asylum Applications of African Refugees: Challenges and Promises Fallou Ngom Ngom, Fallou 219

Ch. 11 Food and Language: African Roots of American Southern Culture Fehintola Mosadomi Mosadomi, Fehintola 239

Ch. 12 Symbols and Meanings of Igbo Masquerades and Carnivals of the Black Diaspora Raphael Chijioke Njoku Njoku, Raphael Chijioke 257

Ch. 13 Celebratory Spaces Between Homeland and Host: Politics, Culture, and Performance in New York'sMalian Community Ryan Thomas Skinner Skinner, Ryan Thomas 279

Ch. 14 French Caribbeans in Africa: The Role of the Freemasonry, 1900-1939 Veronique Helenon Helenon, Veronique 299

Ch. 15 Le Malentendu Colonial, or Justice Over Charity: A Cinematic Reflection on Colonization and the Problematic of Postcolonial Development in Africa Olivier Tchouaffe Tchouaffe, Olivier 311

Ch. 16 Restoring Narrative, Narrating Justice: Njabulo Ndebele's The Cry of Winnie Mandela and the Complication of Truth and Reconciliation Joe Napolitano Napolitano, Joe 331

Ch. 17 "All a Prisoner's Predicament": The Enduring Essence of Dennis Brutus' Letters to Martha Michael Sharp Sharp, Michael 361

Ch. 18 Transculturation and Cultural Correspondences in Contemporary African Drama Ademola O. Dasylva Dasylva, Ademola O. 377

Ch. 19 Out of Africa: Theory and the Displacement of African Literature Hetty ter Haar Haar, Hetty ter 397

Ch. 20 Theory on the Move: Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa and the Politics of Displacement Kristina Maki Maki, Kristina 415

Ch. 21 Conjuring Boundaries: Theorizing Migration Stories of Sudanese Women Lindah Mhando Mhando, Lindah 429

Ch. 22 Religion, Texts, and Conversion in the Eighteenth-Century Danish West Indies: Questions of Self-Identity and Self-Determination Ray A. Kea Kea, Ray A. 443

Ch. 23 Senegalese Sufi Orders in the Transnational Space: Moving Religious Activities from Home to Host Countries and Creating Diasporic Identities Abdoulaye Kane Kane, Abdoulaye 471

Conclusion: Double Jeopardy, Double Lives: The Drama of Restless African Minds Toyin Falola Falola, Toyin Niyi Afolabi Afolabi, Niyi Aderonke A. Adesanya Adesanya, Aderonke A. 483

Index 487

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