Navigating the African Diaspora : The Anthropology of Invisibility (Paperback)

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Strange Things can happen at a crossroads, and the crossroads outside of Arcane, Missouri, is no exception. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks knows all the odd, mysterious tales about her little town---she grew up hearing her mother tell them. But even Natalie is not prepared for the strangeness that's unleashed when Dr. Jake Limberleg's Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show rolls into Arcane with its bizarre tonics and elaborate, inexplicable machines.

Natalie loves machines. She's fascinated by mechanical things of all sorts, from bicycles to motorcars, and especially automata like the little clockwork flyer her dad is helping her build. So when Natalie finally gets a close look at the machines within the intricate maze of the medicine show, she knows in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is not right ... and that Arcane is in grave danger.

First-time novelist Kate Milford has created a richly textured historical fantasy brimming with magical realism and steampunk elements. It is a story about family, community, and courage, and the necessity of looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it.

"Donald Martin Carter's ethnographic research among Senegalese living and working in Italy represents a fine contemporary example of African diaspora scholarship coming into its own, confronting and breaking out of the constraining perspective of U.S. exceptionalism. In Navigating the African Diaspora, Carter urges us to think about diasporic journeys and sojourns not as temporary conditions but as `states of being' for many of the world's peoples."---Charles Carnegie, author of Postnationalism Prefigured: Caribbean Borderlands

Investigating how the fraught political economy of migration impacts people around the world, Donald Martin Carter raises important issues about contemporary African diasporic movements. Developing the notion of the anthropology of invisibility, he explores the trope of navigation in social theory intent on understanding the lived experiences of transnational migrants.

Carter examines invisibility in its various forms, from social rejection and residential segregation to war memorials and the inability of some groups to represent themselves through popular culture, scholarship, or art. The pervasiveness of invisibility is not limited to symbolic actions, Carter shows, but may have dramatic and at times ccatastrophic consequences for people subjected to its force. The geographic span of his analysis is global, encompassing Senegalese Muslims in Italy and the United States and concluding with practical questions about the future of European societies. Carter also considers both contemporary and historical constellations of displacement, from Darfurian refugees to French West African colonial soldiers. Whether focusing on historical photographs, television, print media, and graffiti scrawled across urban walls or identifying the critique of colonialism implicit in African films and literature, Carter reveals a protean and peopled world in motion.


Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Mfg Part# 9780816647781
SKU 213456630
Format Paperback
ISBN10 081664778X
Release Date 7/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0362
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
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