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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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A Nonracial Education

A Nonracial Education

On Navigating Diaspora, Anti-Black Caricature, and Anthropology

(p.35) Chapter 1 A Nonracial Education
Navigating the African Diaspora

Donald Martin Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the problems of anthropology, the plurality of the African diaspora, as well as the classifications and categorizations enforced, without consent, onto African groups, i.e. the process of marginalization. An anthropologist often has to face the issue of crafting of subjectivities in this vein—given the politics of representation—in order to create historic imagery that are without stereotypes, thereby creating representation rather than caricature. This is especially important in emphasizing the interconnectedness of the African diaspora within and outside of Europe. The social revolutions occurring in one country will likely inform the experiences of the displaced Africans living elsewhere, for example. But, to borrow the author’s nautical metaphors, the stereotypes and social subjectivities and social “othering” are the “rocking of the ships” as the voyage makes its way to the promise of better climes.

Keywords:   anthropology, African diaspora, marginalization, social othering, stereotypes, politics of representation, crafting of subjectivities

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