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Navigating the African DiasporaThe Anthropology of Invisibility$
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Donald Martin Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647774

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647774.001.0001

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The Anthropology of Invisibility

The Anthropology of Invisibility

(p.1) Introduction The Anthropology of Invisibility
Navigating the African Diaspora

Donald Martin Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter explores the meaning of “invisibility” in the African diaspora—more specifically, it is a meditation on the Senegalese migration to Italy and the prejudices encountered therein. The journey illustrates the problems of displacement—as Senegalese youth escape the economic decline of their homeland and venture out to sea. Those who make it somewhere—in this case, Italy—alive will still have to face social erasure. Invisibility in this context refers to the exclusion of those who do not fit within the dominant group’s social parameters—even to the point of removing mentions of them from the collective history. Yet scholars—like the Senegalese—have come a long way, and must engage in the politics of representation in order to create a future of global community that recognizes everyone as one of their own and acknowledges the significance of the journeys that will bring them to this point.

Keywords:   Senegalese, African diaspora, invisibility, migration, politics of representation, global community, social erasure

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