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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.001.0001

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Beyond Culture Wars

Beyond Culture Wars

Reconnecting African and Jewish Diasporas in the Past and the Present

(p.139) 8 Beyond Culture Wars
African Athena

Toby Green

Oxford University Press

In this paper theoretical and historical connections between African and Jewish diasporas are explored through 17th century Senegambia. Building on the work of Gilroy (1993) and Clifford (1994), and their emphasis of similarities in the histories of both African and Jewish diasporas, and also on Schorsch (2004)'s analysis of African‐Jewish relations in the Atlantic world, this paper illustrates multiple connections in the early modern Atlantic histories of African and Jewish diasporas. The chapter underlines the importance of the work of Bhabha, Young and others in the emphasis of hybridity in the analysis of contemporary cultural discourse, showing how it is also of relevance to the analysis of historical interactions in the past. This emphasis on historical hybridities unmasks the implicit problems in essentialist rhetorics, and modulates the debate on culturalist essentialisms in which the publication of Black Athena has played a part.

Keywords:   Diasporas, Africans, Jews, Senegambia, Culture Wars

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