The African Diaspora in Canada addresses the conceptual difficulties and political contestations surrounding the applicability of the term "African-Canadian." In the midst of this contested terrain, the volume focuses on first-generation, black continental Africans who have immigrated to Canada in the last four decades, and have traceable genealogical links to the continent.
The rationale behind highlighting the experiences of the first generation of African immigrants within Canadian society is to address the empirical, conceptual, and methodological gaps in the literature that tends to homogenize all black people and their experiences. The book, thus, seeks to highlight the peculiar characteristics of continental Africans which may not be shared by other blacks or non-black Africans.
The chapters examine the social constructions of African-Canadians and their experiences within the political and educational systems, as well as in the labour market. They also explore the forms of cooperation and tensions that characterize the communities, and how they negotiate and adapt to the multiple transnational spaces that they occupy. The book also explores the circumstances of their children, as they try to define their identities vis-à-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society.
With Contributions By:
Ali A. Abdi
Henry M. Codjoe
George S. Dei
John E. Hayfron
Martha K. Kumsa
Samuel A. Laryea
Korbla P. Puplampu
Wisdom J. Tettey
About the Author
Wisdom J. Tettey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. His research interests include: the state and public policy in Africa; information technology and transnationalism; the brain drain; mass media and democratic transitions; race, ethnicity, and citizenship; and diaspora politics.
Korbla P. Puplampu is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Grant MacEwan University. His areas of interest include: the global restructuring of agriculture and higher education; sociological theories and undergraduate education; theoretical and policy analyses of state and non-state institutions in social change; and identity politics in multicultural societies.