African Diaspora Essay

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Register to read the introduction… It represents a current state of being for many citizens of the world and provides context for understanding the social structures and intercultural relationships of the world we live in today. Collin Palmer provides great insight into the context of diaspora. He writes that there have been several movements, massive migrations of people, throughout history. There is no single “diasporic movement or monolithic diasporic community” to be studied, but rather a confluence of people, events and ideologies that span thousands of years, across every continent. Each period of movement, each diasporic stream, happened for different reasons. Palmer’s approach to the African Diaspora begins with a look nearly 100,000 years into the past. He identifies five major streams, with the first African diaspora that occurred as a result of the great ancestral migration of the first humans. This movement in and around Africa, “constitutes a necessary starting point for any study of the dispersal and settlement of African peoples” (Palmer). Palmer contests that to really understand humankind, we have to start at its roots. The first peoples to …show more content…
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