Migrants and Strangers in an African City (Hardcover)

Exile, Dignity, Belonging

By Bruce Whitehouse

Indiana University Press, 9780253000811, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2012

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In cities throughout Africa, local inhabitants live alongside large populations of "strangers." Bruce Whitehouse explores the condition of strangerhood for residents who have come from the West African Sahel to settle in Brazzaville, Congo. Whitehouse considers how these migrants live simultaneously inside and outside of Congolese society as merchants, as Muslims in a predominantly non-Muslim society, and as parents seeking to instill in their children the customs of their communities of origin. Migrants and Strangers in an African City challenges Pan-Africanist ideas of transnationalism and diaspora in today's globalized world.

About the Author

Bruce Whitehouse is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lehigh University.