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

By John A. Arthur

African Diaspora Identities offers insights into the complicated transnational strategies occupied with shaping the migratory identities of African immigrants. It seeks to appreciate the sturdiness of those African transnational migrant identities and their impression on inter-minority crew 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 assorted social transnational settings. the U.S. has develop into a domain for the cultural formations, manifestations, and contestations of the more moderen identities that those immigrants search to depict in cross-cultural and worldwide settings. depending totally on their robust human capital assets (education and family), Africans are devising artistic, encompassing, and strong how one 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 far and wide else they've got settled, Africans are redefining what it capacity to be black in a race-, ethnicity-, and color-conscious American society.

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Rogers (2001) found that regarding Afro-Caribbean identities, the formation of racial and ethnic consciousness is fluid, with immigrants manifesting identities ranging from a strong consciousness about African identities to an ambivalence in perception about racialized categorizations. 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.

The merging cadres of African immigrants who are migrating to the West continue to be represented by individuals and groups with high educational credentials who are plugged into the transnational communities of cultural ideas, citizenship, and globalized systems of economic production. Above all, these Africans are cosmopolitan in their identificational foci. Due to their strong educational and human capital stock, a majority of the immigrants from Africa are able to migrate and settle anywhere in the world with minimal social and cultural disadvantages.

30. See Wolcott, H. (1995). The Art of Fieldwork. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press. 31. The outcome of organizing the focus group sessions was that it yielded valuable ethnographic narratives which gave context to, and shaped the transnational migratory experiences of the respondents. It permitted the research to study the immigrants as actors who are involved in living out the realities and experiences of what it means to be an immigrant in host societies as well as in the migrants’ countries of origination.

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