The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging
Published: August 2011© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 288 Pages
Dimensions: 5.96 x 8.80
288 Pages, 5.96 x 8.80 x 0.80 in
The New African Diaspora in Vancouver documents the experiences of immigrants from countries in sub-Saharan Africa on Canada's west coast. Despite their individual national origins, many adopt new identities as ‘African’ and are actively engaged in creating a new, place-based ‘African community.’ In this study, Gillian Creese analyzes interviews with sixty-one women and men from twenty-one African countries to document the gendered and racialized processes of community-building that occur in the contexts of marginalization and exclusion as they exist in Vancouver.
Creese reveals that the routine discounting of previous education by potential employers, the demeaning of African accents and bodies by society at large, cultural pressures to reshape gender relations and parenting practices, and the absence of extended families often contribute to downward mobility for immigrants. The New African Diaspora in Vancouver maps out how African immigrants negotiate these multiple dimensions of local exclusion while at the same time creating new spaces of belonging and emerging collective identity.
Introduction: Migration, Diaspora Spaces, and 'Canadianness'
1 A New African Diaspora
2 Erasing Linguistic Capital
3 Downward Mobility, Class Dislocation, and Labour Market Barriers
4 Reproducing Difference at Work
5 Gender, Families, and Transitions
6 Identity and Spaces of Belonging
7 Practices of Belonging: Building the African Community
‘Creese provides the first substantial academic study of the immigration experience of Black sub-Saharan Africans living in the Greater Vancouver area.’Sanja Ivanov, Canadian Woman Studies, vol 30:01:2013
‘In this clearly written, interesting book — the first to explore the unique experiences of Africans in Vancouver — Gillian Creese provides useful information on a diaspora population that has not yet received enough academic attention.’ John Sorenson, Department of Sociology, Brock University
‘Well researched and insightful, The New African Diaspora in Vancouver provides important information for students, researchers, and policymakers on the discrimination faced by immigrants from Africa in Canada. Gillian Creese makes a valuable contribution to this area of study by analyzing detailed field work and synthesizing scholarship on Diaspora, racism, and citizenship.’ Vijay Agnew, Division of Social Science, York University