The Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism, and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America
As Senegal prepares to celebrate fifty years of independence from French colonial rule, academic and policy circles are engaged in a vigorous debate about its experience in nation building. An important aspect of this debate is the impact of globalization on Senegal, particularly the massive labor migration that began directly after independence. From Tokyo to Melbourne, from Turin to Buenos Aires, from to Paris to New York, 300,000 Senegalese immigrants are simultaneously negotiating their integration into their host society and seriously impacting the development of their homeland. This book addresses the modes of organization of transnational societies in the globalized context, and specifically the role of religion in the experience of migrant communities in Western societies. Abundant literature is available on immigrants from Latin America and Asia, but very little on Africans, especially those from French speaking countries in the United States. Ousmane Kane offers a case study of the growing Senegalese community in New York City. By pulling together numerous aspects (religious, ethnic, occupational, gender, generational, socio-economic, and political) of the experience of the Senegalese migrant community into an integrated analysis, linking discussion of both the homeland and host community, this book breaks new ground in the debate about postcolonial Senegal, Muslim globalization and diaspora studies in the United States. A leading scholar of African Islam, Ousmane Kane has also conducted extensive research in North America, Europe and Africa, which allows him to provide an insightful historical ethnography of the Senegalese transnational experience.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
activities African American African Islamic African Muslims Ahmadu Bamba Al-Hajj America Aminata Arabic argued association attended Babou Bronx Brooklyn Casamance chapter Cheikh contribute Côte d’Ivoire Coumba countries created cultural da’ira daara Dakar Dibore disciples economy enclave ethnic festivals France French colonial gamou gender Griot groups Gučye Haal Pulaar hair braiders Harlem homeland honoraria-for-service host society husband Ibid Ibrahim Niasse Imam Islamic Kaolack Koran leaders Little Senegal living Madina Gounass major Malik Sy marabouts married Mauritania Mbacké membership modou-modous mosques Moustapha Murid Muridiyya Niasse offered organizations percent political population postcolonial prayer predominantly Pulaar-speaking radio religious remittances salon Samba Sénégal Sénégalais Senegalese community Senegalese immigrants Senegalese migrants Senegalese Sufi Senegalese women serin shaykhs social spiritual Street Sufi orders Sufi shaykhs Tijani Tijaniyya tion Tivaouane Touba transnational transnationalism undocumented United vendors village visa West African Wolof zawiya