Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora

Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora

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Elisa Joy White investigates the contemporary African Diaspora communities in Dublin, New Orleans, and Paris and their role in the interrogation of modernity and social progress. Beginning with an examination of Dublina€™s emergent African immigrant community, White shows how the communitya€™s negotiation of racism, immigration status, and xenophobia exemplifies the ways in which idealist representations of global societies are contradicted by the prevalence of racial, ethnic, and cultural conflicts within them. Through the consideration of three contemporaneous eventsa€”the deportations of Nigerians from Dublin, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the uprisings in the Paris suburbsa€”White reveals a shared quest for social progress in the face of stark retrogressive conditions.... the presumption that a building alone can signify the a€œlast symbol of the riots of 2005a€ again privileges the structural dimensions of an ethnic and racial problem. Quite certainly, a new building on the Renault Garage sitea€”even one that is setanbsp;...

Title:Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora
Author:Elisa Joy White
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2012-06-11


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