Migrants and Strangers in an African City

Migrants and Strangers in an African City

Exile, Dignity, Belonging
Whitehouse, Bruce
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/14/2012
Format: Paperback 5 b&w illus., 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-00082-8
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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.

Author Bio

Bruce Whitehouse is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lehigh University.

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A worthy contribution to the growing fields of immigration studies, transnationalism, and globalization and a very readable analysis of the dynamics of contemporary life in an African city.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Exile Knows No Dignity
1. The Avenue of Sergeant Malamine
2. Enterprising Strangers
3. Among the Unbelievers
4. The Stranger's Code
5. Transnational Kinship
6. Children of Exile
Conclusion: The Anchoring of Identities
Epilogue: Displaced Dreams
Appendix 1. Notes on Methods
Appendix 2. Survey Results
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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