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The African Diaspora in Canada : Negotating Identity and Belonging - Ali A. Abdi

The African Diaspora in Canada

Negotating Identity and Belonging

By: Ali A. Abdi (Editor), Denise L. Spitzer (Editor), Korbla P. Puplampu (Editor), Wisdom J. Tettey (Editor), Philomina E. Okeke-Ihejirika (Contribution by)


Published: 26th January 2006
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The African Diaspora in Canada addresses the conceptual difficulties and political contestations surrounding the applicability of the term "African-Canadian." In the midst of this contested terrain, the volume focuses on first-generation, black continental Africans who have immigrated to Canada in the last four decades, and have traceable genealogical links to the continent. The rationale behind highlighting the experiences of the first generation of African immigrants within Canadian society is to address the empirical, conceptual, and methodological gaps in the literature that tends to homogenize all black people and their experiences. The book, thus, seeks to highlight the peculiar characteristics of continental Africans which may not be shared by other blacks or non-black Africans. The chapters examine the social constructions of African-Canadians and their experiences within the political and educational systems, as well as in the labour market. They also explore the forms of cooperation and tensions that characterize the communities, and how they negotiate and adapt to the multiple transnational spaces that they occupy. The book also explores the circumstances of their children, as they try to define their identities vis-a-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society. With Contributions By: Ali A. Abdi Henry M. Codjoe George S. Dei John E. Hayfron Martha K. Kumsa Samuel A. Laryea PhilominaOkeke-Ihejirika Korbla P. Puplampu Denise Spitzer Wisdom J. Tettey Adenike O.Yesufu

Theorizing & historicizing the 'African-Canadian' experience
Continental Africans in Canada : exploring a neglected dimension of the African-Canadian experiencep. 3
Ethnicity & the identity of African-Canadians : a theoretical & political analysisp. 25
Reflections on the long struggle for inclusion : the experiences of people of African originp. 49
Location, the politics of knowledge construction, & the Canadian educational system
African(ns) in the Canadian educational system : an analysis of positionality & knowledge constructionp. 63
Racism in Canadian contexts : exploring public & private issues in the educational systemp. 93
The socio-economic context & contests of the African-Canadian experience
African immigrants & the labour market : exploring career opportunities, earning differentials, & job satisfactionp. 113
The gender dimensions of the immigrant experience : the case of African-Canadian women in Edmontonp. 133
Place, 'in-between' spaces, & the negotiation of identities
Border crossings & home-diaspora linkages among African-Canadians : an analysis of translocational positionality, cultural remittance, & social capitalp. 149
Between home & exile : the dynamics of negotiating be-longing among Oromos living in Torontop. 175
In search of identity : intergenerational experiences of African youth in a Canadian contextp. 205
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ISBN: 9781552381755
ISBN-10: 1552381757
Series: Africa: Missing Voices
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 26th January 2006
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38