Igbo in the Atlantic world : African origins and diasporic destinations /

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Bibliographic Details
Imprint:Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]
Description:viii, 356 pages ; 27 cm
Subject:Igbo (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Igbo (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
Igbo diaspora.
Igbo (African people) -- United States.
Igbo (African people) -- West Indies.
Igbo (African people)
Igbo (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
Igbo (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Igbo diaspora.
United States.
West Indies.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10900348
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Other authors / contributors:Falola, Toyin, editor.
Njoku, Raphael Chijioke, editor.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other form:Online version: Igbo in the Atlantic world Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2016 9780253022578
Review by Choice Review

This extensive collection of essays offers a multidisciplinary range of assessments about the transformations of Igbo identities and cultures from the 15th century to the present. Among the 21 chapters are a mix of both original and rehashed essays from specialists in gender studies, history, anthropology, and a broad spectrum of related disciplines. Interpretively, the essays range in quality, vacillating from essentialist to nuanced renderings of Igbo-ness in Biafra and the Atlantic diaspora. While the editors anticipated some of the critique in this regard by acknowledging the "Igbo-centric" perspective taken by some of the contributors, more could have been done to smooth over the sharp disjuncture between these divergent approaches. Refreshingly, especially for students of the early modern black Atlantic, the editors and contributors challenge the hegemonic hold the many purveyors of "Atlantic creoles" and "social death" have maintained over the field for more than a decade. With a focus on both cultural continuities and dynamism, this collection perfectly complements Linda Heywood's Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora (CH, Jan'03, 40-2927). For those conducting further inquiry into the formation of black Atlantic identities, the book's comprehensive bibliography will be an invaluable starting point. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Walter C Rucker, Rutgers University

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Review by Choice Review