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Creating Africa in America : translocal identity in an emerging world city / Jacqueline Copeland-Carson.

By: Copeland-Carson, Jacqueline.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Contemporary ethnography: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2004Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 240 pages :) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812204261 (electronic bk.); 0812204263 (electronic bk.); 9780812237900 (alk. paper); 0812237900 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Cultural Wellness Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) | African Americans -- Race identity -- Case studies | African Americans -- Services for -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis | African Americans -- Social conditions -- Case studies | African Americans -- Race identity -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis | African Americans -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis -- Social conditions | African diaspora -- Case studies | Community life -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis | Community life -- United States -- Case studies | Minneapolis (Minn.) -- Social conditionsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Creating Africa in America.DDC classification: 305.896/073776579 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-232) and index.

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"Who is 'African' in a global ecumene?" Anthropologist Copeland-Carson (Univ. of Minnesota) poses this challenging question in her study of cultural dynamics in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Because of its celebrated liberal politics and eagerness to assist refugees from around the world, southern Minnesota may possess "the most diverse Black population in the United States in terms of ethnic and national origin." Study of recent African immigrants is scant, and this book is a valuable contribution to a nascent field; but the author makes a second contribution through her "nonprofit sector ethnography" of the Twin Cities' Cultural Wellness Center (CWC). The CWC is "an organizer of diversity" run by strong-willed staff who reach out to Africans and African Americans in Minneapolis's Powderhorn neighborhood, where urban blight is countered by brave resilience. The CWC seeks to create "an alternative to ... mainstream and Afrocentric approaches to African identity" through "cultural healing and embodiment technique." Innovative programs of therapeutic dance, African martial arts, and an "invisible college" stress "indigenous ways of knowing." Physical, emotional, and spiritual health is sought through collective investigation of African identity. Narratives of CWC staff and clients demonstrate the inventiveness necessary to achieve such "cultural wellness." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. A. F. Roberts University of California, Los Angeles

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Jacqueline Copeland-Carson is a senior fellow with the Roy Wilkins Center of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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