By Benjamin Talton, Quincy T. Mills

ISBN-10: 023011587X

ISBN-13: 9780230115873

In the course of the examine and studies of students whose local houses span ten international locations, this assortment shifts the dialogue of belonging and affinity inside Africa and its diaspora towards neighborhood perceptions and the ways that those notions are asserted or altered. The interactions and relationships of the researchers with their topics, websites, and information in context allows a deeper exploration of the function that race and, extra in particular, “blackness” may perhaps or won't play. The ebook accomplishes this via a unprecedented comparative and multidisciplinary exploration of African and Africa diasporic groups and their relationships with the students of various backgrounds who behavior examine between them.

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These rituals of exchange, so common in the field, reward analysis. Beyond humbling the conceit of a disinterested academic ethnography, these bartered moments offer scholars an opportunity to draw from their own experiences, lessons about power and the making of history. The instructive value can be especially rich when reciprocity in the field costs academics not material commodities, labor, or capital but dearly guarded biographical commitments. On the occasions that researchers, for the sake of access to sources, take themselves to the cliff of comfortable selfhood, they dramatize the knotty ties among authority, knowledge, desire, and belonging.

What kind of a man would license his body to be possessed by another? Convention has dictated that in portraits of unclothed people the male performs the rendition while a still female avails herself. In our patriarchal society, in other words, the nude is not neuter. Over time, it became a feminized concept. Portrayals of the naked male might have once promised in good faith to radiate heroic meaning—confidence, authority, and tranquility. This is no longer true. Men who bare themselves for the sake of art risk a step down from the lofty fortress of manliness.

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