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African Diaspora Identities: Negotiating Culture in Transnational Migration

African Diaspora Identities: Negotiating Culture in Transnational Migration

by John A. Arthur


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African Diaspora Identities provides insights into the complex transnational processes involved in shaping the migratory identities of African immigrants. It seeks to understand the durability of these African transnational migrant identities and their impact on inter-minority group relationships. John A. Arthur demonstrates that the identities African immigrants construct often transcends country-specific cultures and normative belief systems. He illuminates the fact that these transnational migrant identities are an amalgamation of multiple identities formed in varied social transnational settings. The United States has become a site for the cultural formations, manifestations, and contestations of the newer identities that these immigrants seek to depict in cross-cultural and global settings. Relying mostly on their strong human capital resources (education and family), Africans are devising creative, encompassing, and robust ways to position and reposition their new identities. In combining their African cultural forms and identities with new roles, norms, and beliefs that they imbibe in the United States and everywhere else they have settled, Africans are redefining what it means to be black in a race, ethnicity, and color-conscious American society.

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ISBN-13: 9780739146385
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/09/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

John A. Arthur is professor of sociology at University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Constructing African Immigrant Identities in Transnational Domains Chapter 2: Situating Africa's Brain Drain Dilemma in Global Migrations Chapter 3: Transnational African Immigrant Lives and Identities Chapter 4: Rationalizing the Meanings of African Migrations Chapter 5: Gendering the Diaspora Identities of Second Generation African Immigrant Girls Chapter 6: African Immigrants and Native-Born Blacks: Discourses on Finding Common Ground Chapter 7: Imagining the Future of African Immigrant Identities in Migration Studies

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