African Diaspora Identities: Negotiating Culture in by John A. Arthur

By John A. Arthur

African Diaspora Identities presents insights into the advanced transnational approaches all for shaping the migratory identities of African immigrants. It seeks to appreciate the sturdiness of those African transnational migrant identities and their effect on inter-minority staff relationships. John A. Arthur demonstrates that the identities African immigrants build frequently transcends country-specific cultures and normative trust platforms. He illuminates the truth that those transnational migrant identities are an amalgamation of a number of identities shaped in different social transnational settings. the U.S. has develop into a domain for the cultural formations, manifestations, and contestations of the more recent identities that those immigrants search to depict in cross-cultural and international settings. depending totally on their powerful human capital assets (education and family), Africans are devising inventive, encompassing, and strong how you can place and reposition their new identities. In combining their African cultural types and identities with new roles, norms, and ideology that they imbibe within the usa and in all places else they've got settled, Africans are redefining what it skill to be black in a race-, ethnicity-, and color-conscious American society.

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13. See Brettell (2007) and Cordero-Guzman, Smith, and Grosfoguel’s (2001) accounts of how immigrants construct, define, and form multiple racial and ethnic identities across social, economic, and cultural boundaries in the United States. 14. Africans are crossing to Sahara Desert to get to the Mediterranean countries, the European Union, or subsequently to the United States as the economic conditions on the continent worsen and the full impact of the global recession forces already destitute people to look elsewhere for economic survival.

The prevailing pattern is to cast and portray these immigrants as helpless people, economic migrants, or refugees. This accounts for their marginalized status. indd 13 7/27/10 7:37 AM 14 Chapter 1 blacks, Hispanics, and Caribbean immigrants. This intercultural coalition is significant because it enables the immigrants to advocate for better schools for their children, to support policies to provide affordable housing, and to explore ways to foster police–minority group relations. The immigrants introduce and add their diverse cultures to the mosaic of ethnic and racial diversities in the United States.

39. African immigrant women play an important role in transnational migration. Despite the rising number of African female migrants in the West, migration studies continue to marginalize their identities and issues, often aggregating them with their male counterparts, thus masking issues important to women’s role and place in economic, cultural, and political production of African immigrant identities in international migration. Like their female counterparts from Asia and Latin America, African women are compelled to come to the United States for economic reasons.

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