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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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(p.102) 6 Afropolitanism

Achille Mbembe

NYU Press

Mbembe discusses the difficulty of defining “who is African” based on race given the continent’s long history as both the starting and end point of population movements and cultural transmissions. Addressing formations of new solidarities within the transformations taking places across African cultures and identities, Mbembe draws upon that history to posit the possibility of a transnational “Afropolitan” culture that embraces difference as it engages with the world at large.

Keywords:   Afropolitan, cosmopolitan, provincial, transnational

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