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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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Travel Warnings

Travel Warnings

Observations of Voyages Real and Imagined

(p.241) Chapter 7 Travel Warnings
Navigating the African Diaspora

Donald Martin Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the diverse subjectivities of the diasporic experience, in the final metaphor of a difficult voyage. The established groups (European) are quick to exclude the newcomers (African) because of what they do and don’t represent—the troubles carried over from their homeland, as well their lack of a shared history and heritage with the established majority. And it is these suspicions of cross-border activity have encouraged the creation of nation and population. Despite such discrimination, however, the African diaspora has pierced through the traditional social boundaries, creatively assimilating themselves into their new home as equals.

Keywords:   diverse subjectivities, diasporic experience, African diaspora, social boundaries, heritage

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