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CAAS 111 STUDY GUIDE Meanings of diaspora and other forms of crossing Diaspora is Greek for Dispersion. described dispersion of Jewish, Greek, Armenian population. Also African American dispersion from Africa through slavery and in the postcolonial era. Overlap with Migration, Trans-migration, or living in border land. Migrants or trans-migrants etc: describe movement of people across multiple locales, (but might be diasporaic dimension to their migration especially for those who stay longer, or permanently) Features of diaspora History of dispersal Works through travel longer distances separation from the “home land” more like exile A taboo on return, postponement of or desire to return alienation in the host country, ongoing support of homeland connect multiple communities, builds collective identities entails continuous multiple acts of crossing . shared history of displacement, suffering, adaptation, resistance There is no ideal diaspora type creating home a way from home constructing communities or “alternate public spheres.” involves creating forms of community consciousness and solidarity “ Diasporic  consciousness” lives with a difference. Black Atlantic Term that describes the cultural heritage of the African diaspora. describes black identity in Europe and the New World as an ongoing process of travel and exchange across the Atlantic that tried to understand its position in relation to European modernity Power and Resistance  Power as a multifaceted force Could be overt or covert Power is also produced through institutions Power implies resistance. Resistance can also take multiple forms overt or covert
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A. Examples from readings and films: 1. Equiano a. Equiano tries to escape from his owners in Africa when he was a child. Shows his resistance to his status as a slave. b. He refused to eat on the journey over to the New World. c. Tries to jump off the ship as a way to escape his slave status (suicide attempt). 2. Sundiata a. At the end of the story, Sundiata became a symbol for good power. Was a strong military leader, and was able to emancipate his people. b. Sundiata’s aunt was able to exile Sundiata’s family is viewed as masculine because of all the power conferred to her by her son. c. The evil ruler of Mali tried to resist Sundiata’s attacks and reclaiming of Mali for as long as possible. d. When Soumaro takes nephew’s wife, he is seen as an abuser. 3. Season of Migration a. Power and resistance both showed in that rape scene between Wad Reyes and Hosna. b. Mustaafa’s female conquests throughout Europe. He refers to the women as “his prey.” c. Role of women in the Sudanese village Hosna is not given a chance to choose her husband; her brothers and fathers force her to marry Wad Reyes. 4. Sarah Baartman
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