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Whitehouse, Bruce, 1971-
Migrants and strangers in an African city : exile, dignity, belonging / Bruce Whitehouse
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  JV9016.5 .W84 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Congo (Brazzaville) -- Emigration and immigration -- History
Subject(s) West Africans -- Congo (Brazzaville) -- Social conditions
Subject Congo (Brazzaville) -- Commerce
Congo (Brazzaville) -- Religion
Subject(s) Transnationalism -- Social aspects
Physical Description x, 274 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-268) and index
Contents Introduction: exile knows no dignity -- The Avenue of Sergeant Malamine -- Enterprising strangers -- Among the unbelievers -- The stranger's code -- Transnational kinship -- Children of exile -- Conclusion: the anchoring of identities -- Epilogue: displaced dreams
Summary In cities throughout Africa, local inhabitants live alongside large populations of "strangers." Bruce Whitehouse explores the condition of strangerhood for residents who have come from the West African Sahel to settle in Brazzaville, Congo. Whitehouse considers how these migrants live simultaneously inside and outside of Congolese society as merchants, as Muslims in a predominantly non-Muslim society, and as parents seeking to instill in their children the customs of their communities of origin. Migrants and Strangers in an African City challenges Pan-Africanist ideas of transnationalism and diaspora in today's globalized world
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