In Search of the Diasporas within Africa A la recherche des diasporas à l'intérieur de l'Afrique

In Search of the Diasporas within Africa A la recherche des diasporas à l'intérieur de l'Afrique © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/187254608X346024 African Diaspora 1 (2008) 5-27 www.brill.nl/afdi African Diaspora In Search of the Diasporas within Africa Oliver Bakewell * International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, oliver.bakewell@qeh.ox.ac.uk Abstract In the last twenty years, the term diaspora has moved out of its specialist corner, where it referred to a select set of peoples. Today it often appears to be used to refer to any group of migrants and their descendants who maintain a link with their place of origin. African diasporas are now being identifi ed all over the world and they have become the object of considerable academic interest. While the term diaspora is now in vogue for such groups scattered around the globe, it is rarely applied to African populations within Africa. Ironically, within the growing volume of literature on African diasporas, very little of it is concerned with diasporas whose population is based on the continent. Africa is portrayed as a continent which generates diasporas rather than one in which diasporas can be found. Starting from Cohen’s typological criteria for identifying diaspo- ras, this article makes a preliminary examination of the literature in search of signs of diaspora formation and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Diaspora Brill

In Search of the Diasporas within Africa A la recherche des diasporas à l'intérieur de l'Afrique

African Diaspora, Volume 1 (1-2): 5 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/187254608X346024 African Diaspora 1 (2008) 5-27 www.brill.nl/afdi African Diaspora In Search of the Diasporas within Africa Oliver Bakewell * International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, oliver.bakewell@qeh.ox.ac.uk Abstract In the last twenty years, the term diaspora has moved out of its specialist corner, where it referred to a select set of peoples. Today it often appears to be used to refer to any group of migrants and their descendants who maintain a link with their place of origin. African diasporas are now being identifi ed all over the world and they have become the object of considerable academic interest. While the term diaspora is now in vogue for such groups scattered around the globe, it is rarely applied to African populations within Africa. Ironically, within the growing volume of literature on African diasporas, very little of it is concerned with diasporas whose population is based on the continent. Africa is portrayed as a continent which generates diasporas rather than one in which diasporas can be found. Starting from Cohen’s typological criteria for identifying diaspo- ras, this article makes a preliminary examination of the literature in search of signs of diaspora formation and

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African DiasporaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: TRANSNATIONALISM; MIGRATION; DIASPORA; ETHNICITY; AFRICA

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