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Author Otero, Solimar.

Title Afro-Cuban diasporas in the Atlantic world / Solimar Otero.

Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.896333072 OTER    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 247 pages : illustrations, ; 24cm.
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, 1092-5228 ; v. 45.
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora ; v. 45.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Grassroots Africans: Havana's "Lagosians" -- 2. Returning to Lagos: Making the Oja Home -- 3. "Second Diasporas": Reception in the Bight of Benin -- 4. Situating Lagosian, Caribbean, and Latin American Diasporas -- 5. Creating Afrocubanos: Public Cultures in a Circum-Atlantic Perspective.
Summary "Yoruba and Afro-Cuban communities moved across the Atlantic between the Americas and Africa in successive waves in the nineteenth century. In Havana, Yoruba slaves from Lagos banded together to buy their freedom and sail home to Nigeria. Once in Lagos, this Cuban repatriate community became known as the Aguda. This community built their own neighborhood that celebrated their Afrolatino heritage. For these Yoruba and Afro-Cuban diasporic populations, nostalgic constructions of family and community play the role of narrating and locating a longed-for home. By providing a link between the workings of nostalgia and the construction of home, this volume retheorizes cultural imaginaries as a source for diasporic community reinvention. Through ethnographic fieldwork and research in folkloristics, Otero reveals that the Aguda identify strongly with their Afro-Cuban roots in contemporary times. Their fluid identity moves from Yoruba to Cuban, and back again, in a manner that illustrates the truly cyclical nature of transnational Atlantic community affiliation." ""Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World is poised to make a contribution to issues of diaspora, identity, and culture within the understudied area of repatriated Africans and African-descended Latin Americans in Nigeria. Its strengths reside in its sound theoretical grounding in cultural studies, and in the interviews with those of Aguda heritage. Connecting the multilayered and multidirectional linkages of individuals and communities caught up in slavery and colonialism in the Atlantic world, this study will most certainly enhance the scholarship in African, African diaspora, Atlantic world, and Latin American studies."---Michele Reid Vazquez, assistant professor of Atlantic world history, Georgia State University"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Yoruba (African people) -- Cuba -- History -- 19th century.
Yoruba (African people) -- Cuba -- Ethnic identity.
Yoruba (African people) -- Cuba -- Migrations -- History -- 19th century.
Cubans -- Nigeria -- Lagos -- History -- 19th century.
Return migration -- Nigeria -- Lagos -- History -- 19th century.
African diaspora.
Nigeria -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century.
Cuba -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781580463263 (hardcover : alk. paper)