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European OthersQueering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe$
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Fatima El-Tayeb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670154

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670154.001.0001

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Dimensions of Diaspora

Dimensions of Diaspora

Women of Color Feminism, Black Europe, and Queer Memory Discourses

(p.43) Chapter two Dimensions of Diaspora
European Others

Fatima El-Tayeb

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how African activists apply the notion of African diaspora within their European minority community. The studies of African diaspora are vital in order to strengthen the African diasporic subjectivity. This subjectivity is then used to impose the significance of the African identity to the marginalization of their communities in Europe. In addition, this African diasporic subjectivity is initially attributable to men only; however, theorists argue that the question in race does not cover questions in gender and sexuality; from there evolved diasporic intersubjectivity. Diasporic intersubjectivity became evident when African feminist poets Gwendolyn Rodgers and Audre Lorde pioneered the liberation movements of 1970 through poetry. This chapter explores the transnational community of Europe segregating the population of the African minority, through the use of intersubjective models of diaspora identity.

Keywords:   African diaspora, diasporic subjectivity, diasporic intersubjectivity, Gwendolyn Rodgers, Audre Lorde

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