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(Re-)fashioning African Diasporic Masculinities

by Christine Checinska

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This essay investigates the role of dress in the recreation of self that is central to the experiences of the African diaspora and the negotiation of geographical, cultural, social, and racial borders. The crossing of borders is the defining feature of being part of the diasporas. From an African-Caribbean-British perspective, the diasporic history begins with the forced uprooting of people in the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries because of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This history continued with waves of voluntary migration both within the Caribbean and to the metropolis. This triangulation of the Atlantic resulted in the transcultural/transnational connections underpinning the notion of the “black Atlantic.”

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