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.
Table of Contents
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.