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The African diaspora in Canada : negotiating identity & belonging /
edited by Wisdom J. Tettey & Korbla P. Puplampu.
imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2005.
description
xii, 235 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552381757 (pbk.) :, 9781552381755
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imprint
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2005.
isbn
1552381757 (pbk.) :
9781552381755
catalogue key
5842420
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
With transnational migration reaching unprecedented levels in Canada, the need for new trajectories of intercultural understanding and minority-relevant policy has never been greater. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada and of the respective countries of origin -- including their ethnicity, ancestry, and lineage -- interact to shape the identities, expectations, and aspirations of African Canadians.
Main Description
With transnational migration reaching unprecedented levels in Canada, the need for new trajectories of intercultural understanding & minority-relevant policy has never been greater. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada & of the respective countries of origin -- including their ethnicity, ancestry, & lineage -- interact to shape the identities, expectations, & aspirations of African Canadians.
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With transnational migration reaching unprecedented levels in Canada, the need for new trajectories of intercultural understanding and minority-relevant policy has never been greater. To date, few books have been written that effectively focus on the issues, challenges, and experiences of continental Africans in Canada. Addressing this significant gap in the literature, The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging weaves together the cultural, political, and social lives of African-Canadians to consider how they negotiate their space, place, and identities as Canadians. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada and of the respective countries of origin-including their ethnicity, ancestry, and lineage-interact to shape the identities, expectations, and aspirations of African Canadians.
Main 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-Ã-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society.
Main 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 specificities that have so far been understudied. 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-a-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society.
Long Description
With transnational migration reaching unprecedented levels in Canada, the need for new trajectories of intercultural understanding and minority-relevant policy has never been greater. To date, few books have been written that effectively focus on the issues, challenges, and experiences of continental Africans in Canada. Addressing this significant gap in the literature, The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging weaves together the cultural, political, and social lives of African-Canadians to consider how they negotiate their space, place, and identities as Canadians. Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada and of the respective countries of origin--including their ethnicity, ancestry, and lineage--interact to shape the identities, expectations, and aspirations of African Canadians.
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Through an interdisciplinary approach, these essays provide readings of how the social structures of Canada and of the respective countries of origin, including their ethnicity, ancestry, and lineage, interact to shape the identities, expectations and aspirations of African Canadians.
Table of Contents
Theorising & Historicising the 'African-Canadian' Experience
Location, the Politics of Knowledge Construction, & the Canadian Educational System
The Socio-Economic Context & Contests of the African-Canadian Experience
Place, 'In-Between' Spaces, & the Negotiation of Identities
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