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Edward Ndopu

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The Body Afro-Politic

Afropolitanism is the capacity to construct self from disparate locations in an attempt to subvert afro-essentialism Defining, Historicizing, Complicating Afropolitanism “African diasporic studies have been provincial insofar as, as afield of inquiry, it has not sought to uncover past and present formations of identity and community in which racial identity was not paramount; it has been provincial insofar as it has not encouraged the study of those histories of black identification with people who are neither black nor white. Under the rubric of Cosmopolitanism we might begin to correct this latter failing.” (Brown, pg. 1) Itinerancy off the continent is not a prerequisite for the configuration of afropolitan subjectivities. To assert otherwise is to fall into the same trap as Pan-Africanists who deploy the continent as the site for a single political experience/sensibility (homogenization of Africa), failing to recognize that Afropolitanism can be generated on the continent. The salience of Place can augment the emergence of cosmopolitan subjectivities. “The geographical canvass for studies of the new African diasporas seeking to be global must be broad and must encompass the whole of Africa and all the major world regions rather than simply Western Europe and North America.” (Mbembe pg.54)

DEFINING Historicizing
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