362 Book Reviews / African and Asian Studies 6 (2007) 347-372 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156921007X214516 Kevin A. Yelvingston . Afro-Atlantic Dialogs: Anthropology in the Diaspora. Oxford: James Currey Publishers, 2006; 504 pp.; price not stated. Afro Atlantic Dialogs: Anthropology in the Diaspora is edited by Kevin A. Yelvingston, who has assembled a set of essays with the aim of oﬀ ering a new approach (or a set of approaches) to the study of the African Diaspora. His book intends to supplement existing approaches to the two most common trends in the study of the diaspora, namely the dialectic and the diachronic methods. Th e diachronic approach, Yelvingston argues, is too limiting because it begins with asking the question, “What has Africa given to America?” Meanwhile, Yelvingston believes that when one begins with this question, one is forced to look at history in terms of what the new society has become heir to from the subjects and culture of the previous homeland. Th is approach implies that what was given is static and does not change and therefore can be forgotten or lost. Th is approach has limiting value because history alone has a maximum
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