Diasporas Within And Without Africa: Dynamism, Hetereogeneity, Variation

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Pub. Date: 2006-12-30
Publisher(s): Stylus Pub Llc
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The book deals with two types of 'African diasporas,' the first of which originated in the migration histories of the Indian Ocean and brought new groups into Africa. This is illustrated by case studies of Hadrami communities in Sudan and Zanzibar, and the Malay community in Cape Town, that produced trade links as well as processes of Islamization. The second type originated with the failing African states and cases discussed are an Eritrean diaspora in Germany, alongside Sudanese diasporas in Norway and the USA, and a Somali diaspora in Norway. The papers deal with processes of homemaking, political mobilization in the diaspora through local organizations, religious networks and cyberspace nationalism. The central conceptual argument is that 'diaspora' is not only a post-modern reaction to the xenophobia of Western nation states but must be seen as part of a broader history of human migration and intercultural experience. This calls for a perspective that takes into consideration historically produced variation and dynamism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5(2)
Diasporas within and without Africa -- Dynamism, heterogeneity, variation
Leif Manger
Munzoul A.M. Assal
Diasporic Consciousness as a Strategic Resource -- A case study from a Cape Muslim community
Sindre Bangstad
A Hadrami Diaspora in the Sudan -- Individual life courses in regional and global contexts
Leif Manger
My Generation ``Umar b. Ahmad b. Sumayt (1886--1973): Inter-generational network transmission in a trans-oceanic Hadrami ''Alawi family, ca. 1925--1973
Anne K. Bang
``We Are the Warsay of Eritrea in Diaspora'' Contested identities and social divisions in cyberspace and in real life
Bettina Conrad
Southern Sudanese -- A community in exile
Roqaia Abusharaf
Somalis and Sudanese in Norway -- Religion, ethnicity/clan and politics in the diaspora
Munzoul A.M. Assal
Contributors 197(1)
Index 198

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