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Encyclopedia of the African diaspora origins, experiences, and culture /

Corporate Author: ABC CLIO eBook Collection.
Other Authors: Boyce Davies, Carole.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2008
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Review by Choice Review

This decade has seen an increase in the publication of reference books focusing on many of the world's diasporas, such as Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures around the World, ed. by M. Ember, C. R. Ember, and I. Skoggard (2005). The African Diaspora is no exception; however, nearly all of the works on Africans, including R. M. Juang and N. Morrissette's edited Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (CH, Sep'08, 46-0035) concentrate on particular countries or regions. Davies's encyclopedia presents a comprehensive geographical view of the African Diaspora, including lesser-known African communities across the world. With over 500 entries encompassing a wide range of topics and personalities from several centuries of history, this substantial work is an impressive scholarly treatment of the subject. This alphabetically arranged encyclopedia has several points of access, including a contents (entries) list and extensive index. One absent feature that could have furthered the work is contextual essays. For instance, various African religions are mentioned in articles, but some of the context and interrelation of faiths is lacking. This is true of several other broad social and cultural subjects. Despite this minor issue, all academic libraries should consider this set. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. B. D. Singleton California State University--San Bernardino

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Review by Booklist Review

This set traces the global dispersal and subsequent survival, transformation, and flourishing of African peoples and cultures all over the world. Alphabetically organized into more than 500 entries contributed by an interdisciplinary array of international scholars, the volumes cover history, literature, art, popular culture, politics, geography, sociology, demographics, and civil rights, among other topics. Africans were dispersed from their home continent in forced and voluntary migrations for economic, military, or mercantile reasons, and this encyclopedia attempts to cover them all in at least a rudimentary fashion. Various examples of topics covered here include famous figures (Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Bob Marley); cultural and artistic movements (Afrocentricity;Harlem Renaissance; Hip-Hop, Latin American); places and institutions (Brixton, Fisk University,Liberia); events (Middle Passage, Montgomery bus boycott); and other topics, from Black churches in the United States to the Flying Africans motif in diasporic mythology. The encyclopedia does not shy away from the controversial (reparations for slavery, for example). Entries are well written and mostly a few pages in length. There are occasional black-and-white photographs, but the emphasis is on content. Each entry contains see also references as well as a list of further reading, normally three to five sources. The first volume contains several maps. Each volume has a comprehensive index, and the first volume has a helpful and detailed introduction of nearly 30 pages defining the African diaspora; giving a brief historical, geopolitical background of it; and describing current theories of study on the topic. Several larger reference sets Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (2005) and Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas (2005) take the diaspora as their starting point but do not share the current work's worldwide scope. Because of its broad coverage and well-written entries, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora is an excellent addition to any academic and large public library. Also available as an e-book.--Tosko, Michael Copyright 2008 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Edited by African Diaspora Studies Scholar Davies (Florida International Univ.), this three-volume work provides a historical, political, economic, and cultural context to migrations of peoples of African descent, either by coercion, economic necessity, or choice. This multidisciplinary set contains well over 5000 entries written by 300 scholars worldwide in a burgeoning academic discipline that is wide-ranging in its scope owing to subject matter: documenting the individuals and the collectivity that make up the African Diaspora from the Americas to Europe and South Asia. The excellent introduction is written in the form of a bibliographic essay that analyzes the evolution of theories, works of literature and the arts, and academic monographs that define the African Diaspora and its study. The entries range in length from several paragraphs to 17 pages and are organized geographically, by peoples and individuals, by migratory and political movements, and by academic theories in an A-to-Z manner. Subject entries range from biographies (Ghanaian leader "Kwame Nkrumah," Trinidadian intellectual "C.L.R. James") to political and social movements ("Women and Islam," "Rastafarianism") African Diaspora communities ("Caribbean Migrations: The Caribbean Diaspora"), and academic movements ("African Diasporic Sociology"). BOTTOM LINE A consortial partnership with Broward County Libraries (Fort Lauderdale, FL) provided the synergies to make this work of scholarship more accessible to the general reader. It must be noted that there is a disproportionate number of contributors from Florida International University, the academic bailiwick of the editor. Nevertheless, this work is highly recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries specializing in African American and African Diaspora studies. ABC-CLIO's recently published Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (March 2008) necessarily excludes Europe and Asia, whereas this work is more inclusive. [Purchase the ebook version directly from ABC-CLIO or through one of its distribution partners: Ebook Library, MyiLibrary, ebrary, and NetLibrary.]-Kam W. Teo, Weyburn P.L., Sask. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Entries in this cross-referenced set cover geography, cultural and political movements, personalities, and theories. The volumes open with maps of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, and treat a wide variety of topics, including Europe and the African world, slavery, and griots of West Africa, as well as more contemporary subjects such as hip-hop and the Nation of Islam. Many entries, especially those on individuals, include a black-and-white photograph. This encyclopedia seeks to be comprehensive, but given its incredibly broad scope, information is necessarily introductory only-most entries are less than one page in length. Students seeking more in-depth material will be well served by the further reading lists at the end of each article, which can be quite extensive.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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