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The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging


Edited by Wisdom J. Tettey and Korbla P. Puplampu

$39.95 CAD / $45.95 USD

248 pages, 7 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-175-5 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-276-9 (Institutional PDF)

Africa: Missing Voices

January 2006

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About the Book

What does it mean to be African-Canadian?

The African Diaspora in Canada addresses the conceptual difficulties and political contestations surrounding the term “African-Canadian.” In the midst of this fraught terrain, it focuses on first-generation, black continental Africans who have immigrated in the past four decades. In highlighting their experiences, this book addresses the empirical, conceptual, and methodological gaps that homogenize all black people and their experiences.

Rooted in the specific experiences of continental Africans in Canada, this book examines the social constructions of African-Canadians, their experiences within the political and education systems, and with the labour market. It explores the forms of cooperation and tension that characterize African-Canadian communities, and how multiple transnational spaces are negotiated and occupied. The book also explores the circumstances of children, as they try to define their identities vis-à-vis their parents and the larger Canadian society.

Wisdom J. Tettey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. His research includes the state and public policy in Africa, mass media and democratic transitions, race, ethnicity and citizenship, and diaspora politics. 

Korbla P. Puplampu is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Grant MacEwan University. His research includes theoretical and policy analysis of state and non-state institutions in social change and identity politics in multicultural societies. 

With Contributions By:  Ali A. Abdi, Henry M. Codjoe, George S. Dei, John E. Jayfron. Martha K. Kumsa, Samuel A. Laryea,  Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika, Kobla P. Puplampu, Denise L. Spitzer. Wisdom J. Tetty, and Adenike O. Yesufu 

Praise for The African Diaspora in Canada:

A highly commendable effort. 

—Ato Qyatson, University of Toronto Quarterly 

[A] nuanced and sophisticated approach to understanding identity.

—Scott Neigh, A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land