Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge

Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge

Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge

Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge

Synopsis

Links the plight of contemporary urban dwellers of African descent across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, examines their coping strategies, and advocates social policies sensitive to their cultural and societal differences.

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In the spring of 1989, while preparing my syllabus for a course on social change in developing societies at Hunter College, several prospective students (who happened to be African-American and from inner-city New York) approached me with their concern to have comparative data on the plight of urban Blacks outside of the United States integrated in the syllabus under the section on Urbanization and the Third World. At once I began a review of the literature and was startled that I could not identify a single work that analyzed and compared the Black urban condition across the diaspora.

The following year I left for Tanzania on a Fulbright, where I lectured in the Department of Sociology at the University of Dar es Salaam. Through my active participation on the Urban Project which was housed in the Department of Sociology and the opportunity to work with a number of gifted scholars, I learned of the brewing urban crisis in that relatively stable East African state and the similarities between that crisis and the problems afflicting the inner cities all across the United States. in time I made contact with scholars and activists from other African states, from which arose the opportunity to observe and compare the urban condition in Lusaka, Zambia, Harare, Zimbabwe, Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, and Mbabne, Swaziland.

The event that solidified my decision to edit this volume occurred in May 1993, when I was invited by the Caribbean Students Association at York College (CUNY) to assist with planning a forum on . . .

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