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Defining and Studying the Modern African Diaspora (Colin Palmer)

  1. Introduction
  2. The authors suggestion that diasporas are the movement of a people to different places
  3. Black bodies white bodies
    1. Analysis
    2. The Hottentot Venus
    3. Gilman's arguments and article
  4. Conclusion

There are two main things that are evident in this work. The first is that the concept of diaspora does not only have meaning in the African context, but in other regions as well. The second is that to study a people or a culture, one needs to trace the diasporic movements.
About ten thousand years ago, Asians settled in the Americas and the Caribbean islands. The Jewish diaspora, one that is two thousand years old, is also one of great study. The Muslim ethnicity was also spread widely across different continents. The term diaspora does not target one, single movement of African folk, it has more to do with the collective way in which the group has shifted. The author talks about five major diasporic events that happened in Africa.

[...] Defining and Studying the Modern African Diaspora (Colin Palmer) There are two main things that are evident in this work. The first is that the concept of diaspora does not only have meaning in the African context, but in other regions as well. The second is that to study a people or a culture, one needs to trace the diasporic movements. About ten thousand years ago, Asians settled in the Americas and the Caribbean islands. The Jewish diaspora, one that is two thousand years old, is also one of great study. [...]


[...] The author’s two main points, as mentioned in the first paragraph, are convincing; however, some of the evidence that is provided (the African diaspora is 100,000 years old) is not very provable. “Black Bodies, White Bodies” Analysis Through analyzing a series of European art works of time periods ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, where the subjects included both black and white people, Gilman draws the conclusion that of the black servant’s central functions in the visual arts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was to sexualize the society in which he or she is found” (209). [...]

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