Author Adjepong, Anima
Article Title Afropolitan projects: African immigrant identities and solidarities in the United States
Full text https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1281985
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Source Ethnic and racial studies. vol. 41, no. 1-2 (Jan.-Feb. 2018), 248-266 p.
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Journal Title Ethnic and racial studies.
Copy vol. 41, no. 1-2 (Jan.-Feb. 2018), 248-266 p.
ISSN 0141-9870
Brief substance This article explores how Africans born or raised in the United States employ ethnicity to understand their racial and cultural identities. I argue that African immigrants engage positive narratives about Africa along with their experiences of anti-black racism to articulate identities as “Africans of the world”. I call this articulation of identity Afropolitan projects. The Afropolitan as an ethnicity is not meant to shield Africans from anti-black racism, but instead helps articulate a particular relationship to this form of inequality. The following analysis derives from a qualitative case study of a voluntary association comprising Ghanaians primarily raised in the United States. I find that the group’s identity is as much about being black, African, and American as it is about being middle-class, Christian, and heterosexual. Through their Afropolitan projects, this group emphasizes solidarities with a global middle-class heterosexual patriarchy while foreclosing solidarities with working class, queer, and other people of colour
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Full text https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1281985

 
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