Elisa Joy White went to meet members of the African Diaspora communities in three cities across the world.Dublin, New Orleans, and Paris White examines their role in the changing social norms and living conditions.
The Book begins by looking at 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.
Examining three contemporaneous events, the deportations of Nigerians from Dublin, the effect and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the uprisings in the Paris suburbs-White reveals a common desire for social progress in the face of difficult and often worsening conditions.
Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris is 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.
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|Modernity, Freedom, and the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris.
Author: Elisa Joy White
Paperback: 356 pages
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