The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging

The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging

By Wisdom J. Tettey (editor)
Book Description

This book addresses the conceptual difficulties and political contestations surrounding the applicability of the term "African-Canadian." In the midst of this contested terrain, the volume focuses on first-generation, black continental Africans who have immigrated to Canada in the last four decades, and have traceable genealogical links to the continent. The rationale behind highlighting the experiences of the first generation of African immigrants within Canadian society is to address the empirical, conceptual, and methodological gaps in the literature that tends to homogenize all black people and their experiences. The book, thus, seeks to highlight the peculiar characteristics of continental Africans which may not be shared by other blacks or non-black Africans. The chapters examine the social constructions of African-Canadians and their experiences within the political and educational systems, as well as in the labour market. They also explore the forms of cooperation and tensions that characterize the communities, and how they negotiate and adapt to the multiple transnational spaces that they occupy. The book also explores the circumstances of their children, as they try to define their identities vis-à-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society.

Table of Contents
  • Creative Commons Page
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes on Contributors
  • SECTION I : Theorizing & Historicizing the ‘African-Canadian’ Experience
    • CONTINENTAL AFRICANS IN CANADA:Exploring a Neglected Dimensionof the African-Canadian Experience
    • ETHNICITY & THE IDENTITY OF AFRICAN-CANADIANS:A Theoretical & Political Analysis
    • REFLECTIONS ON THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR INCLUSION:The Experiences of People of African Origin
  • SECTION II: Location, the Politics of Knowledge Construction, & the Canadian Educational System
    • AFRICA(NS) IN THE CANADIAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM:An Analysis of Positionality & Knowledge Construction
    • RACISM IN CANADIAN CONTEXTS:Exploring Public & Private Issuesin the Educational System
  • SECTION III: The Socio-Economic Context & Contestsof the African-Canadian Experience
    • AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS & THE LABOUR MARKET:Exploring Career Opportunities, EarningDifferentials, & Job Satisfaction1
    • THE GENDER DIMENSIONS OFTHE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE:The Case of African–CanadianWomen in Edmonton
  • SECTION IV: Place, ‘In-Between’ Spaces, & theNegotiation of Identities
    • BORDER CROSSINGS & HOME–DIASPORALINKAGES AMONG AFRICAN–CANADIANS:An Analysis of Translocational Positionality,Cultural Remittance, & Social Capital
    • BETWEEN HOME & EXILE:Dynamics of Negotiating Be-Longingamong Young Oromos Living in Toronto
    • IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY:Intergenerational Experiences ofAfrican Youth in a Canadian Context
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