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Who Set You Flowin?The African-American Migration Narrative$
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Farah Jasmine Griffin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195088960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195088960.001.0001

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Safe Spaces and Other Places: Navigating the Urban Landscape

Safe Spaces and Other Places: Navigating the Urban Landscape

(p.100) 3 Safe Spaces and Other Places: Navigating the Urban Landscape
Who Set You Flowin?

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Oxford University Press

The need of the African Americans to resort to safe spaces is discussed in the chapter. Safe spaces manifested themselves as songs, memory, oral culture, and spirituality that reminded African Americans of their ancestral origins. Urban spaces were the places where different social classes struggled for control. These were created by urban power; migrants may either resist or subject themselves to urban power. The experiences of different African Americans from the migration narratives are described briefly in the chapter to show how each of them coped with the environment brought about by urban power.

Keywords:   urban power, safe spaces, African Americans, urban spaces, migration narratives

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