Diasporas comprise an inescapable part of the human experience and few are more interesting and diverse than African diasporas. By providing a panoramic view across time and geographical space this collection of essays illustrates the inherent variability of African, European and Asian diasporic formation. Even when such communities share a common origin, diasporas behave like living organisms that respond sensitively to specific geographical locations as well as particular social, political and economic circumstances. Migration constitutes an essential prerequisite for diasporic formation. Once established, diasporas assume a life of their own and sometimes form secondary diasporas and their histories make a significant contribution to comparative societal studies.
Contributors: Jarrett Hugh Brown, Christian Cwik, Yvonne Daniel, Tamara Ganjalyan, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Ruth Iyob, Winston James, Michele A. Johnson, Franklin W. Knight, Jane Landers, Tommy L. Lott, Quito Swan
Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History and Director of the Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. His publications include Slave Society in Cuba during the Nineteenth Century; The African Dimension of Latin American Societies; UNESCO General History of the Caribbean, volume 3: The Slave Societies of the Caribbean; and, with Teresita Martínez Vergne, Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context.
Ruth Iyob is Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri–St Louis. Her publications include The Eritrean Struggle for Independence: Domination, Resistance, and Nationalism, 1941–1993; with Gilbert Khadiagala, Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace; and the co-edited volume, with Edmond J. Keller, Religious Ideas and Institutions: Transitions to Democracy in Africa.
- 1. REFLECTIONS ON AFRICAN DIASPORAS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
- 2. DIASPORA AND EMPIRE: The Case of the Armenians in Pre-Revolutionary Russia
- 3. THE AFRICANIZATION OF AMERINDIANS IN THE GREATER CARIBBEAN: The Wayuu and Miskito, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
- 4. AFRICAN "NATIONS" AS DIASPORIC INSTITUTION-BUILDING IN THE IBERIAN ATLANTIC
- 5. THE CHINESE ON THE US–MEXICO BORDERLANDS: Strategic Transnationalism during the Exclusion Era,1882–1940
- 6. CARIBBEAN IDENTITIES, DANCE CONSTRUCTIONS AND “CROSSROADING”
- 7. “THE SPEAR IS BLACK WITH APURE GOLD POINT”: Articulations of “Blackness” in Toronto during the 1970s
- 8. WHEN DIASPORAS MEET: Black Solidarity and Inter-Ethnic Intersections in the United States of America
- 9. THE PERCEPTION OF MADNESS: Escapes and Flights of Fancies in Claude McKay’s Banana Bottom
- 10. THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA AND BLACK INTERNATIONALISM
- 11. BLACK POWER IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA