Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora

Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora : Dublin, New Orleans, Paris

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Elisa Joy White investigates the contemporary African Diaspora communities in Dublin, New Orleans, and Paris and their role in the interrogation of modernity and social progress. Beginning with an examination of Dublin's emergent African immigrant community, White shows how the community's negotiation of racism, immigration status, and xenophobia exemplifies the ways in which idealist representations of global societies are contradicted by the prevalence of racial, ethnic, and cultural conflicts within them. Through the consideration of three contemporaneous events--the deportations of Nigerians from Dublin, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the uprisings in the Paris suburbs--White reveals a shared quest for social progress in the face of stark retrogressive conditions.
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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 28mm | 621.42g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253001153
  • 9780253001153

Table of contents

Introduction; I. The African Diaspora in Dublin; 1. Ireland: Decolonization, Racism and the Retro-Global Society; 2. African Diaspora Status, Numbers, and the "Retro" Revealed in Ireland; 3. A Community Begins: Media Representation and Black Presence in Ireland; 4. The Retro-Global Lived: Racism, Immigrant Status and Black Life in Dublin; 5. Retro-Global Living: A Community in the Making; II. African Diaspora Communities and the Glitches of Modernity; 6. Dublin: The Olukunle Elukanlo Case; 7. New Orleans: Race meets Antediluvian Modernity; 8. Paris: The Liberating Quality of Race; 9. Conclusion: Towards a Modern Future Notes; References; Index
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[A] fascinating look at the way racism and social exclusion are still at work in our modern societies. Despite the respective government line of tolerance and equality, the anecdotes within the book paint a very different reality for people living within the African Diaspora. Students and lecturers/professors will certainly find this book useful as a marker of social attitudes in developed western cities, that presents a desperate contradiction of official Government policy and public proclamation. - Read Think Write
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About Elisa Joy White

Elisa Joy White is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications examine a range of areas, including the African Diaspora in Ireland, Black Europe, ethnicity and new media, human rights, and immigration policy.
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