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African Minorities in the New World

ISBN 9780415540841
Published November 28, 2012 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

This book uncovers the reality that new African immigrants now represent a significant force in the configuration of American polity and identity especially in the last forty years. Despite their minority status, African immigrants are making their marks in various areas of human endeavor and accomplishments—from academic, to business, to even scientific inventions. The demographic shift is both welcome news as well as a matter for concern given the consequences of displacement and the paradoxes of exile in the new location. By its very connection to the ‘Old African Diaspora,’ the notion of a ‘New African Diaspora’ marks a clear indication of a historical progression reconnecting continental Africa with the New World without the stigma of slavery. Yet, the notion of trans-Atlantic slavery is never erased when the African diaspora is mentioned whether in the old or new world. Within this paradoxical dispensation, the new African diaspora must be conceived as the aftermath of a global migration crisis.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Toyin Falola & Niyi Afolabi  Part 1: Negotiating Citizenship and Cultural Identities  1. Nationalist Myth-Making, Cultural Identity and Nation Building: African Minorities in the U.S. and Latin America  Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o  2. African Immigrants’ Experiences in Urban America: Religion and the Construction of Social Identity in St. Louis  Attah Anthony Agbali  3. ‘Born in the USA’: Dislocation, Disrupted Kinship Networks, and the Transformative Power of Music and Dance in African Immigrant Baby Naming Ceremonies  Sherri Canon  4. A Viagem da Minha Vida / The Voyage of My Life: Identity Formation and Resettlement among Angolan Women of Color in Toronto Robert A. Kenedy and Diana Reis  Part 2: African Refugees And Policy Implications  5. Policy Implications of African Refugees Settling in the United States Femina T.M. Ajayi 6. The Making of a Modern Diaspora: The Resettlement Process of the Somali Bantu Refugees in the United States  Omar A. Eno  7. Voluntary Trans-Atlantic Migration: The Nigerians’ Attitudes to the American Visa Lottery  Elizabeth Augustus and Preston Augustus  8. Managing the Migration of Health-Care Workers Toward the Transfer of Knowledge, Skill and Professionalism Oladapo Augustus  9. African Immigrants’ Families and the American Educational System  Cecilia S. Obeng

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Niyi Afolabi teaches African and African Diaspora Studies at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of The Golden Cage: Regeneration in Lusophone African Literature and Culture and editor of Marvels of the African World: African Cultural Patrimony, New World Connections and Identities. His current book projects focus on the Brazilian manifestation of Afro-Diasporan discourse and New diaspora studies.

Dr. Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a Distinguished Teaching Professsor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Histrocical Society of Nigeria and A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group. Falolaa has published numerous books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide, Nationalism and African Intellectuals, and many edited books including Tradition and Change in Africa and African Writers and Readers. He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, and the Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press.