Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland

by Danielle Porter Sanchez and Toyin Falola


This book is in the Cambria Studies in Slavery: Past and Present Series, headed by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

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Old and new African diasporas created by mass movements of individuals of African descent throughout the world illuminate the complexities of African and diasporic identities over time.

From the historical movements of enslaved Africans to the Americas to newer migrations of Africans to spaces like Belgium and France, experiences of blackness on a global stage reflect themes of negotiation, persecution, isolation, unification, remembrance, and much more. Yet, it is impossible to minimize the complex experiences that make up the African diaspora throughout the world, as diasporic communities face a range of struggles, specifically related to the politics of identity and connections to the continent of Africa itself.

This book is thus a timely and much-needed exploration of the intricate nature of culture and life in the African diaspora. It examines identities, collectivities, and relationships with Africa and Africans.

Previous scholarship has made important contributions to conceptualizations of the African diaspora and diasporic cultures. This study expands the scope by providing a wide range of case studies that provide important insightes into the connections between diasporic experiences, identities, and the movement of ideas. From Brussels to San Antonio, this book emphasizes the power of diasporic networks and reveals the difficulties facing black communities around the world.

This book helps fill a gap in the field by illuminating the complex experiences of blackness in a manner that motivates readers to grapple with the nuances diaspora studies and African issues on a global stage.

This book balances conceptualizations of diaspora by engaging with scholars exploring old African diasporas, newer migrations, and even regional movement within the continent of Africa itself. More importantly, the chronological breadth of the volume allows readers to explore historical matters alongside comparable contemporary issues as a way of assessing continuities and the ways in which communities continue to grapple with institutional racism, political marginalization, and negotiations between tradition and modernity on a global stage. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of the book offers diverse approaches for robust engagement with African diaspora studies.

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