(Im)migrations, Relations, and Identities: Negotiating Cultural Memory, Diaspora, and African (American) Identities

(Im)migrations, Relations, and Identities: Negotiating Cultural Memory, Diaspora, and African (American) Identities

by Chinwe L. Ezueh Okpalaoka


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The movement and dispersion of African ascendant peoples around the globe has been historically rooted in struggle and oppression. Whether through slavery, colonialism, or the economic fallout of both, we are always in a state of renegotiating and recreating identities wherever we have found ourselves in the Diaspora. In our displacement, contestations have arisen about which groups have the most legitimate claim to the continent of Africa. The issues that arise include naming (the names we bear and naming the feminist spirit in which Black women do work on behalf of each other), African identities (who is really an African?), cultural memory (how do the ways we remember and the things we remember shape who we are as African ascendant people?), and what methodologies best serve the work we do on behalf of African people. (Im)migrations, Relations, and Identities thoughtfully researches and discusses these issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433122255
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Black Studies and Critical Thinking Series , #54
Pages: 137
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Chinwe L. Ezueh Okpalaoka received her PhD in cultural foundations, technology, and qualitative inquiry at the Ohio State University. She is currently the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Diversity Services in the College of Arts and Sciences at the Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Contents: (Im)migrations, Relations, and Identities of African Peoples: Toward an Endarkened Transnational Feminist Praxis in Education (with Cynthia Dillard) – On Naming: Contestations and Nuanced Complexities in Naming the Feminist Spirit – The Diploma Belongs to Us: Mentoring African Immigrant Girls Through/For the Community – Wisdom Lost and Regained: My Life as a Generational Bridge Across Three Migrations – Cultural Memory as Endarkened Feminist Methodology: Maintaining National Voice in the African Diaspora Through (Re)membering – «What’s in a Name?» The Names We Bear and (Im)migrant Ethnic Identity Development.

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