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The paradox(es) of diasporic identity, race, and belonging, edited by Benjamin Maiangwa

The paradox(es) of diasporic identity, race, and belonging, edited by Benjamin Maiangwa
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non fiction
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The paradox(es) of diasporic identity, race, and belonging
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edited by Benjamin Maiangwa
Series statement
Politics of Citizenship and Migration Series
This book explores how questions about home and belonging have been framed in the discourses on race, migration, and social relationships. It does this with the aim of envisioning alternative modes of living and reimagining our political communities in ways that question the legacy of colonization and constructed identities which detract from our sense of obligation to each other and the planet. The book questions problematic categories of difference to transform human relations beyond the materialism of our global political economy. Questions addressed in the volume include: In what ways are combative colonial identities of difference manufactured within our national and global spaces of encounter? How can we expel the racialized and tribalized political identities that seek to purify and deny the complexities and sacredness of being human? How do we embrace the notion that everyone we encounter is a mirror reflecting our fears of suffering and our desires for happiness? The book is set in the context of re-emerging ultra-nationalists and anti-migrant politicians on the national and international stage, advancing various strands of extreme-right and protectionist ideology couched as redemptive-welfarist strategies. The adverse impacts of these strategies seem to be reifying a possessive idea of citizenship and identity, engendering a national fantasy that portrays communities as homogenous entities inhabiting enclosed borders. This is essentially a compendium of conversations across the intersection of the racial, national, ethnic, spiritual, and sexual boundaries in which we live
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Prologue -- Acknowledgements -- Praise for The Paradox(es) of Diasporic Identity, Race and Belonging -- Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- Chapter 1: The Paradox(es) of Diasporic Identity, Race, and Belonging -- Introduction -- The Crisis of Identity: Race, Belonging, and Citizenship -- Probing Questions and the Objective of the Volume -- Methodology -- Contribution of the Volume -- Book Structure -- References -- Part I: Identity, Coloniality and Home -- Chapter 2: Can We Forgo Our Attachments to Socially Constructed Identities? -- Introduction -- Identity and Conflict: A Theoretical Insight -- What Is Identity Conflict? -- Intersectionality and the Ethos of Vulnerability -- Intersectionality -- Ethos of Vulnerability -- Inner Peace -- Changing Perception -- Detaching from Our Socialized Identities -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 3: On Names, Labels, and Colonial Amnesia -- Introduction -- What Is in a Name? -- The A-word -- Inventing "Africa" -- What If People of African Descent Named Themselves? -- References -- Chapter 4: The Unresolved Crisis of Belonging in African Literature: A Reflection -- I -- II -- III -- References -- Chapter 5: Being and Becoming "African" in the Postcolony -- Introduction -- Being and Becoming African: The Precontact Stage -- The Gender Question -- The Ethno-territorial Question -- The Confessional Question -- The Race Question -- The Nervousness of Becoming "African": The European Stage -- The "Postcolonial" Condition -- Conclusion -- References -- Part II: Diaspora, Race, and Immigration -- Chapter 6: Notes on the Nervous Condition of Black and African Immigrants in Canada -- Introduction -- Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees -- What Does Experience Show? -- Concluding Thoughts -- References -- Chapter 7: The Geo-cultural Politics of Space and the Poetics of Race -- IntroductionFormation of a Migrant Consciousness -- Colonialism and the Creation of the Diaspora -- The Capitalist Implications of Colonial Boundaries on Migrants -- The Colonial Roots of Forced Migration and Power Dynamics -- Of Western Sensibilities and the Politics of Denial -- Politics of Space and Its Interface with the Poetics of Race -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 8: Exiting Whiteness and Patriarchy: Embracing Oneness, Breaking Free of Incarcerating Ideologies, and Enabling Pathways to Belonging -- Introduction and Forethoughts -- What I Have Learned About Myself -- Changing Clothes -- A Metaphor -- Metabolizing Trauma -- The Relationship Between Patriarchy and Whiteness -- How Does DuBois's Metaphor of the Incarcerating "Veil" Apply to All Humanity? -- The White Gaze, Double Consciousness, and Tragic Duality -- No One Is White, a Historic Paradox -- Conclusion: Treason to Whiteness and Patriarchy Is Loyalty to Humanity -- References -- Part III: Belonging: Cross-cutting Issues -- Chapter 9: Migrant Women's (Non)Belonging in Pandemic Times: An Intersectional Analysis of Home/Land -- Introduction -- Insights from the Literature -- Belonging and Non-belonging Among Migrants -- Theorising Belonging -- Context and Methodology -- Findings and Discussion -- Transnational Belonging, Emotions, and Border Closure -- Multiplicities of Belonging -- Othering and (Non)Belonging -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 10: How Social Enterprise Can Facilitate the Inclusion of Highly Skilled Newcomers to Canada -- Introduction -- Newcomers' Experiences of Socio-economic Marginalization in Canada -- Strong Sense of Belonging Among Newcomers Despite Poor Socio-economic Outcomes -- The Social Enterprise Model -- Social Enterprises and the Inclusion of Highly Skilled Newcomers -- Conclusion -- ReferencesChapter 11: Racialized Skilled Immigrants in the Canadian Labour Market -- Introduction -- Context -- Methodology -- Personal Reflections: Storytelling and Autoethnography -- Searching for Solutions: Looking Through an Interdisciplinary Lens -- Relevance of PACS Approaches in Migration Studies -- Unit of Analysis -- Relationships and Grassroots Peacebuilding -- Negative and Positive Peace, and Structural Conflicts -- Basic Human Needs Theory -- Multi-track Diplomacy for Conflict Transformation -- References -- Chapter 12: On Blackness and Related Subjects: Concluding Conversation -- Setting the Tone -- The Question of Blackness -- References -- Spider Web and Dew Drops -- Index

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