Using Cultural Artifacts, Positions, and Titles as Retentions of Cultural Attachments to Original Homelands: African Immigrants in the Diaspora

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  • Michael Baffoe Associate Professor of Social Work Faculty of Social Work, 500B Tier Building University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada
  • Lewis Asimeng-Boahene Associate Professor of Social Studies Education Penn State University, 777 Harrisburg Pike Harrisburg, PA 17057, USA

Abstract

The things to which we are connected benefit us to characterize who we are, who we were, and who we hope to become. These meanings are likely to be especially salient to those in identity transitions and play an important roles in the (re) construction of identities of immigrants like the African immigrants in the diaspora. In this paper, using critical race theory as our theoretical framework, we examine cultural artifacts like, traditional cloths, drums, sculptures, paintings as retentions of cultural attachments to the original homelands. You can take an African out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of an African.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n2p85

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2013-06-29

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Baffoe, M., & Asimeng-Boahene, L. (2013). Using Cultural Artifacts, Positions, and Titles as Retentions of Cultural Attachments to Original Homelands: African Immigrants in the Diaspora. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 85. Retrieved from https://www.richtmann.org/journal/index.php/ajis/article/view/365

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