Across the Atlantic: African Immigrants in the United States Diaspora

Emmanuel Yewah and 'Dimeji Togunde (eds)

Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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This book offers a fresh multidisciplinary perspective towards an understanding of African immigration to the United States diaspora, by documenting for the first time, an empirical analysis of how media and literary portrayal of the United States create impressions of America and thus the desire to migrate. It expands on how pre-departure characteristics including socialization experiences, religious traditions, and practices such as African foods, cultural festivals and African languages impact African immigrants’ adaptation and coping mechanisms amid challenges at the country of destination. It brings to the fore how African immigrants’ ethnic group identities at the country of origin determine ethnic relations and cultural integration in the society of encounter. Additionally, it explicates how the social organization of the African family influences remittance flows. Finally, the book elucidates on how Africans in Diasporas impact the reconstruction of homelands’ political identities as well as the effect of African Diaspora cyber-citizenship and cyber political activities on the conception of African national identity.

Across the Atlantic provides the reader with a rich and diverse ways of imagining African Diaspora connections and the dynamics of identity formation and cultural hybridization. It is a powerful study in tradition, migration, adaptation and social integration in our globalized world.
Dr. Raphael C. Njoku
University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Written in clear, accessible language by both accomplished and emerging African scholars who are mostly immigrants in the United States, this book transports readers into the mindset and lives of millions of current and prospective African immigrants. It is a must-read.
Dr. Ogechi E. Anyanwu
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky, USA.

Contents
Chapter 1
Towards a Fresh Perspective in Understanding African Migration to the United States Diaspora
Emmanuel Yewah & ‘Dimeji Togunde

Chapter 2
Media Representation of America and Youth Migration Intentions
‘Dimeji Togunde, Ayobami Ojebode, Amanda Vocke

Chapter 3
Imagined America in African Texts and the Desire to Migrate
Emmanuel Yewah

Chapter 4
The Recent African Immigrant (RAI) as the Radical Other
Emmanuel D. Babatunde

Chapter 5
Reproducing African Communities in the US: Settlement Patterns and Social Organizations
Bridget Teboh

Chapter 6
African Émigrés in the UNITED STATES: Negotiating Ethnic Identities, Majority-Minority Statuses, and Negative Media Co-Representation
Anthony A. Olorunnisola

Chapter 7
Emigration and the Social Value of Remittances in Nigeria
Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale, Mofeyisara Oluwatoyin Omobowale and Olawale Olufolahan Ajani

Chapter 8
Religious Institutions: Mode of Adaptation for African Immigrants in the U.S.A.
Emmanuel K. Twesigye

Chapter 9
The African Diaspora’s Impact on Homeland National Identity
Okechukwu Iheduru

Keywords: African, United States, Ethnic Identity, Immigrants, African diaspora, Social Life, Customs

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 2.113MB). Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Emmanuel Yewah

Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Dr. Emmanuel Yewah holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is the Howard L. McGregor Endowed Professor of Humanities at Albion College, Albion, Michigan where he teaches French, Francophone studies, and Comparative Literature. His areas of interest both in research and teaching include, (anti) dictatorial narratives in African and Caribbean literatures, African detective fiction, filmic adaptations of literary texts, postcolonial theories, African visual cultures (Film and Photography) and African writers’ constructions of migration and Human Rights discourses. His current research agenda cross-examines Law and /in Literature in an attempt to explore the many “misunderstood relationships” that exist between African literatures and the indigenous and received traditions in the law. He has published extensively in these areas and in a variety of avenues including Research in African Literatures, The French Review, Africa World Press, Theatre Research International, Africa Today, African Identities, L’Harmattan, and The University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review.

Prof. 'Dimeji Togunde

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology , Ethnic Studies Program, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Dr. 'Dimeji Togunde holds the John S. Ludington Endowed Professorship in the Social Sciences at Albion College, Michigan, USA. His teaching and research interests intersect the areas of family demography, African development, Immigration and African Diaspora Studies. One aspect of his research programs has brought to the fore new insights for understanding child labor dynamics, particularly, the contribution that child labor makes to the enculturation and training of children and to the economic survival of poor households in Nigeria. Some of his publications on child labor have appeared in West Africa Review (2005); Journal of Children & Poverty (2006); Africa Development (2006); and the International Journal of Sociology of the Family (2007). Recently, his scholarship on African Youth Migration Intentions and the role of returnees' in accentuating further migration to the United States Diaspora have appeared in outlets including, The International Review of Modern Sociology (2009 ) and the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2009). More recently, his scholarly agenda focuses on the extent to which globalization and modernization impact dating/intimate relationships in Nigeria. His contributions in this area have been published in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2010), The Global Studies Journal (2010), and The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations (2010). He received his Doctorate degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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