Defining Diaspora

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Studying Atlantic and African Diaspora history: definitions, methods and approaches Defining Diaspora Africa Diaspora – concept since the nineteenth century. Term coined in the 1960s Concept influenced by historic experience of Jewish people. Born out of the nationalist and civil rights movements in Africa and the Americas Similarity of experiences Like Jews, Africans were victims of oppression and imperialism and scattered outside of Africa. Terminology – specifically for Jewish Diaspora o Diaspora – dispersal – scattering o Galut – exile or bondage o Golah – a fairly stable community in exile – is this true for Africans in bondage? o What do we mean when we say African? Doesn’t imply cultural, religious, etc similarity Only means these people are from/descended
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Unformatted text preview: from people from the continent of Africa o Scholars havent agreed on a definition of African Diaspora Joseph Harris founding father of Africa Diaspora His definition: The global dispersion of African throughout history, emergence of cultural identity abroad based on origin and social condition; and the psychological or physical return to the homeland, Africa. Stretched across time, geography, class and gender and dynamic, continuous and complex African Union definition: of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union African Diaspora important part of continent...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUMN 007 taught by Professor Blyden during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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