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

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

by Charles Green
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Links the plight of contemporary urban dwellers of African descent across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, examines their coping strategies, and advocates social policies sensitive to their cultural and societal differences.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791434161
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/10/1997
Series: SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Charles Green is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College. He is coauthor of The Struggle for Black Empowerment in New York City: Beyond the Politics of Pigmentation.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Globalization, Challenge, and the Black Diaspora
Charles Green

Part One: Africa

1. Reaction and Resistance: Confronting Economic Crisis, Structural Adjustment, and Devaluation in Dakar, Senegal
Carolyn Somerville

2.Meeting the Challenge in an African City: Nairobi's Informal Economy in the 1980s and 1990s
Kinuthia Macharia

3. Where Do the Majority Live in Urban Tanzania: Why and How?
Joe L. P. Lugalla

Part Two: Latin America

4. Post-Invasion Panama: Urban Crisis and Social Protests
George Priestley

5. Rap in Puerto Rico: Reflections from the Margins
Raquel Z. Rivera

6. Neoliberalism in Venezuela: From Urban Riots to Presidential Impeachment
Esther I. Madriz

7. An Unsavory Union: Poverty, Racism, and the Murders of Street Youth in Brazil
Vânia Penha-Lopes

Part Three: The Caribbean

8. Urbanism, Transnationalism, and the Caribbean: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago
Charles Green

9. Power and Identity among the Urban Poor of Jamaica
Obika Gray

10. Women, Urbanization, and Structural Adjustment in St. Vincent
Joyce Toney

Part Four: North America

11. The Political Economy of the Black Urban Future: A History
Gerald Horne

12. By All Means Necessary: Rapping and Resisting in Urban Black America
Kevin Arlyck

13. Crisis and Lifestyles of Inner-City Bloods: Youth Culture as a Response to the Urban Environment
Kwando M. Kinshasa

14. The Distorted Images of African Canadians: Impact, Implications, and Responses
Carl E. James

Part Five: Europe

15. Urban Outcasts: Stigma and Division in the Black American Ghetto and the French Urban Periphery
LoÏc J. D. Wacquant

16. Racism, Black People, and the City in Britain
Stephen Small

Conclusion: Beyond the 21st Century
Charles Green

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