296 BOOK REVIEWS contexts evoked by the contributors. In the end, the limitations of the editor's approach are overcome by the very body of work he introduces. The con tributors' running dialogue about the contemporary repertoire of African and diasporic filmmaking resituates the book's opening analysis in the complexity of the present and in anticipation of the future. Whereas an account of the dual influences of capitalism and colonialism helps us understand the contin ued lack of resources for African films and the profit-driven marketplace that hinders their distribution, it also proceeds in part under the active-passive logic that underlies the colonial project itself. The collective goals of this volume are oriented toward playing an active role on the cultural stage, as filmmakers search for strategies of regional and international cooperation that will allow African and diasporic films to be widely produced and distributed. ERIN ScHROEDER University of Rochester Diversity: Gender, Color, and Culture. By Philomena Essed. Translated by Rita Gircour. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 1996. Pp. 167. Contemporary discussions of race, gender, and transnationalism surrounding the makings of new, transcultural identities often presuppose a British or American context. Surinamese Dutch Professor Philomena Essed's Diversity: Gender, Color, and
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