"Black," "African," "African descendant" and "of African heritage," are just some of the ways Africans and Africans in the diaspora (both old and new) describe themselves. This volume examines concepts of race, ethnicity, and identity as they are ascribed to people of colour around the world, examining different case studies of how the process of identity formation occurred and is changing.

Contributors to this volume, selected from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds, explore issues that encourage a deeper understanding of race, ethnicity and identity. As our notions about what it means to be black or of African heritage change as a result of globalization, it is important to reassess how these issues are currently developing, and the origins from which these issues developed.

Global Africans is an important and insightful book, useful to a wide range of students and scholars, particularly of African studies, sociology, diaspora studies, and race and ethnic studies.


chapter |5 pages

Global Africans

Race, ethnicity and shifting identities

part I|104 pages

Shifting identities

chapter 2|23 pages

Brothers of the trade

A new direction in examining the intersections of racial framing and identity processes upon African-Americans and African immigrants in America

chapter 4|18 pages

Mobile communities of the Indian Ocean

A brief study of Siddi and Hadrami Diaspora in Hyderabad City, India

chapter 5|17 pages

Reinventing the nation in Africa

The political writings of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka

part II|71 pages

Ethnicity and African agency

chapter 6|17 pages

From brain-drain to brain-gain

Interrogating migration, deskilling and return migration in contemporary Nigeria

chapter 7|13 pages

Educação e ações afirmativas

Redefining multicultural legalisms, justiciability of rights and the (in)clusion of African-descendant peoples in higher education in Brazil

chapter 8|10 pages

Back to Africa: Roy Campbell’s Voorslag

A magazine of South African life and art and its stand against racial inequality

chapter 9|11 pages

‘Nobody Knows de Troubles I’ve Seen’

A discourse analysis of selected Afro-American protest music and their relevance to contemporary issues

part III|50 pages

Race and populations at stake

chapter 11|17 pages

Mutations of slavery

Prostitution and women trafficking in contemporary Nigerian novels

chapter 12|19 pages

Forging home

Local and global intersections in the postconflict reintegration of Liberian returnee refugees

chapter 13|12 pages

Eat, speak and play like our ancestors

A case of children from Madagascar in America