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Africana People in China Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Migration Experiences, Identity, and Precarious Employment

By C. Jama Adams Copyright 2019
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book examines the psychosocial experiences of foreign workers from Africa and its diaspora in China, within the context of international socio-economic forces. By exploring employment-based migration from a psychoanalytic perspective, this volume investigates the utility of adaptive ambivalence and the challenges that migrant workers face around issues of self-development, agency, and identity. Through a careful analysis of interviews with Africana people, the author demonstrates that the capacity to be reflective and resilient alongside having a strong and diversified support network are crucial for the psychological well-being of those living and working in unfamiliar geographic and cultural conditions.

    1. Introduction

    2. Self in the World

    3. Adaptive Ambivalence

    4. Modernity and Migration

    5. China: Race and Ethnicity

    6. Contemporary Blackness in China: Psychosocial Perspectives; Aspirations and Constraints

    7. Africana Persons and Self-Making in China

    8. Conclusions and Possibilities for the Future


    C. Jama Adams is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, USA.