African Diaspora Identities: Negotiating Culture in by John A. Arthur

By John A. Arthur

African Diaspora Identities offers insights into the advanced transnational techniques taken with shaping the migratory identities of African immigrants. It seeks to appreciate the sturdiness of those African transnational migrant identities and their effect on inter-minority team relationships. John A. Arthur demonstrates that the identities African immigrants build frequently transcends country-specific cultures and normative trust structures. He illuminates the truth that those transnational migrant identities are an amalgamation of a number of identities shaped in diversified social transnational settings. the U.S. has turn into a website for the cultural formations, manifestations, and contestations of the more recent identities that those immigrants search to depict in cross-cultural and worldwide settings. depending totally on their powerful human capital assets (education and family), Africans are devising inventive, encompassing, and powerful how you can place and reposition their new identities. In combining their African cultural types and identities with new roles, norms, and ideology that they imbibe within the usa and in every single place else they've got settled, Africans are redefining what it skill to be black in a race-, ethnicity-, and color-conscious American society.

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The propagation of human capital resources, coupled with strong kin-based networks not only affect which Africans will migrate but potentially also influence the timing of the migration, destination choices, and even the type(s) of employment and potential earnings that will be available once the decision to migrate is formed. 19. This social capital is not confined to the African immigrant populations in South-North migrations. Valdez’s (2007) study of the effects of ethnic enclave solidarity on economic and labor force entrepreneurial activities among whites, Koreans, Mexicans, and blacks is illustrative of the importance of social capital and market opportunities in positioning the role(s) of ethnic enclaves in ethnic and minority enterprises formation.

Restricting the focus group participants to a maximum of eight was designed to elucidate the discussions with the immigrants and thereby enhance the possibility of covering a wide range of issues related to the migrant’s experiences. Each focus group session lasted approximately two hours. The face-to-face sessions were supplemented with telephone conversations with each of the participants to provide opportunities for the subjects to elaborate on specific themes in their own migratory experiences and to afford me the chance to probe further into specific areas of immigrant lives, particularly how transnational ties are formed and the broader identities that are manifested within these primary and secondary group associations.

See Avtar Brah’s (1996) examination of how immigrants construct and negotiate identities in multiple social and cultural domains. 35. See also works by Nolin (2006) and Appadurai (1996) on immigrant community formations within the broader contexts of transnationalism and global economic development and incorporation. 36. See, for example, works by Lieberson and Waters (1988), Model (1993), Farley and Alba (2002), Light and Gold (2000), and Waldinger and Lichter (2003) for detailed discussions and examination of the intersections of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic and community-level traits on immigrant identity formation.

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