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Diasporic Africa: A Reader Michael A. Gomez

Diasporic Africa: A Reader

Michael A. Gomez

Published January 1st 2006
ISBN : 9780814732779
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326 pages
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These 13 well-written scholarly essays are an eclectic compilation covering disparate topics, places, and time periods relating to the African Diaspora. . . . Recommended.ChoiceThus this book will be fruitful for ongoing debates on Diaspora andMoreThese 13 well-written scholarly essays are an eclectic compilation covering disparate topics, places, and time periods relating to the African Diaspora. . . . Recommended.—Choice”Thus this book will be fruitful for ongoing debates on Diaspora and transnationalism and is indispensable for anyone interested in African Diaspora studies.”—Journal of African HistoryThis sparkling mosaic of thought from the African Diaspora redraws the boundaries of relevant scholarship to the benefit of a wide array of students and scholars. A greatly needed volume.—P. Sterling Stuckey, Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at RiversideA valuable contribution to a vision of the African diaspora as intricately linked to specific histories, cultures and societies of Africa, both in the era of slavery and within the context of pan-Africanism.—Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, York University, TorontoDiasporic Africa presents the most recent research on the history and experiences of people of African descent outside of the African continent. By incorporating Europe and North Africa as well as North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, this reader shifts the discourse on the African diaspora away from its focus solely on the Americas, underscoring the fact that much of the movement of people of African descent took place in Old World contexts. This broader view allows for a more comprehensive approach to the study of the African diaspora.The volume provides an overview of African diaspora studies and features as a major concern a rigorous interrogation of identity. Other primary themes include contributions to western civilization, from religion, music, and sports to agricultural production and medicine, as well as the way in which our understanding of the African diaspora fits into larger studies of transnational phenomena.