Synopses & Reviews
Investigating how the fraught political economy of migration impacts people around the world, Donald Martin Carter raises important issues about contemporary African diasporic movements. Developing the notion of the anthropology of invisibility, he explores the trope of navigation in social theory intent on understanding the lived experiences of transnational migrants. Carter examines invisibility in its various forms, from social rejection and residential segregation to war memorials and the inability of some groups to represent themselves through popular culture, scholarship, or art. The pervasiveness of invisibility is not limited to symbolic actions, Carter shows, but may have dramatic and at times catastrophic consequences for people subjected to its force. The geographic span of his analysis is global, encompassing Senegalese Muslims in Italy and the United States and concluding with practical questions about the future of European societies. Carter also considers both contemporary and historical constellations of displacement, from Darfurian refugees to French West African colonial soldiers. Whether focusing on historical photographs, television, print media, and graffiti scrawled across urban walls or identifying the critique of colonialism implicit in African films and literature, Carter reveals a protean and peopled world in motion.
About the Author
Donald Martin Carter is associate professor of Africana studies at Hamilton College.
Table of Contents
Preface, Acknowledgments, Introduction: The Anthropology of Invisibility, 1. A Nonracial Education: On Navigating Diaspora, Anti-Black Caricature, and Anthropology, 2. Remembering Khartoum and Other Tales of Displacement, 3. The Inexhaustible Sense of Exile: Other Cultures in the Photographic Imaginary, 4. Crossing Modernity: The Journey from Imperial to Diasporic Nostalgia, 5. Sites of Erasure: Black Prisoners and the Poetry of Léopold Sédar Senghor, 6. Comrade Storyteller: Diasporic Encounters in the Cinema of Ousmane Sembene, 7. Travel Warnings: Observations of Voyages Real and Imagined, Notes, Bibliography, Index