Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora Travelling Blackness
Winner of the National Communication Association's 2018 Diamond Anniversary Book Award
With the exception of slave narratives, there are few stories of black international migration in U.S. news and popular culture. This book is interested in stratified immigrant experiences, diverse black experiences, and the intersection of black and immigrant identities. Citizenship as it is commonly understood today in the public sphere is a legal issue, yet scholars have done much to move beyond this popular view and situate citizenship in the context of economic, social, and political positioning. The book shows that citizenship in all of its forms is often rhetorically, representationally, and legally negated by blackness and considers the ways that blackness, and representations of blackness, impact one’s ability to travel across national and social borders and become a citizen. This book is a story of citizenship and the ways that race, gender, and class shape national belonging, with Haiti, Cuba, and the United States as the primary sites of examination.
Introduction 1. Framing Cubans and Haitians in The New York Times: Enduring Imprints of Political History 2. Communists and Immigrants: Images of Cubans and Haitians 3. Negotiating Media Representations and Cultural Icons: Audience and Group-Identity 4. A Love Story: Media and an (New) Exceptional Haitian-American Political Subject Conclusion