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Black Atlantic

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Coined by British sociologist Paul Gilroy in his 1993 book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness, the term Black Atlantic refers to a culture formed by the dispersion of Africans to the Americas and the Caribbean, primarily through the European-fueled extraction of slaves. The Black Atlantic is not African or American or Caribbean or European; rather, it is a unique fusion of elements of each. More specifically, the Black Atlantic is a system of hybridity, ambiguity, and tension, where those of ...

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