Diasporic Discourses and Local Blackness Compared

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza

in Yo Soy Negro

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035741
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038490 | DOI:
Diasporic Discourses and Local Blackness Compared

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This chapter explains the local discourse on blackness and contrasts it with other discourses on blackness. It argues that townspeople differ in their level of access to global discourses of blackness. It makes the case that, although diasporic discourses of blackness are present in Ingenio, black people translate them in multiple ways and do not always see themselves as part of a diasporic community. This counters the assertion that the descendants of African slaves are bound to experience a double consciousness and that the global black community uses the memory of slavery as a resource for cultural, political, and ideological struggles. The chapter puts forward that thinking of the diaspora as a process as well as a condition helps us to understand better the multiplicity of black identities that exist and the extent to which global and local discourses interact to produce new conditions and processes.

Keywords: Ingenio; blackness; diasporic discourses; social category; diasporic community

Chapter.  12089 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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