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Africa: Missing Voices #2: The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging

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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.

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Eleven academics from Canada and the U.S. contribute 10 chapters highlighting the experiences of the first-generation Black Continental Africans who have immigrated to Canada in the past 40 years. Coverage includes theoretical and historical background, the politics of knowledge construction and the Canadian education system, workplace discrimination, and the struggles of immigrants to adapt to multiple transnational spaces and to define themselves. The text makes a significant contribution toward breaking down the more common perception of African-Canadians as a homogenized group, as it reveals the unique characteristics of Continental Africans which differentiate them from other Blacks or Non-Black Africans. Distributed by the Michigan State U. Press.
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Eleven academics from Canada and the U.S. contribute 10 chapters highlighting the experiences of the first-generation Black Continental Africans who have immigrated to Canada in the past 40 years. Coverage includes theoretical and historical background, the politics of knowledge construction and the Canadian education system, workplace discrimination, and the struggles of immigrants to adapt to multiple transnational spaces and to define themselves. The text makes a significant contribution toward breaking down the more common perception of African-Canadians as a homogenized group, as it reveals the unique characteristics of Continental Africans which differentiate them from other Blacks or Non-Black Africans. Distributed by the Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Wisdom J. Tettey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. His research interests include: the state and public policy in Africa; information technology and transnationalism; the brain drain; mass media and democratic transitions; race, ethnicity, and citizenship; and diaspora politics.

 

Korbla P. Puplampu is an instructor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. His areas of interest include: the global restructuring of agriculture and higher education; sociological theories and undergraduate education; theoretical and policy analyses of state and non-state institutions in social change; and identity politics in multicultural societies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781552381755
Author:
Tettey, Wisdom J.
Publisher:
University of Calgary Press
Editor:
Puplampu, Korbla P.
Author:
Tettey, Wisdom
Author:
Puplampu, Korbla P.
Author:
Puplampu, Korbala
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Canada - General
Subject:
African diaspora
Subject:
Africans - Canada
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
World History-Canada
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Africa: Missing Voices
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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