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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

The Introduction provides an overview of the relations between airline travel, racism and race, violence, and the African diaspora. As it discusses the different ways people who are racially oppressed have learned to survive and thrive across generations through flight, it illuminates the powerful role of imagination and the creative plane in everyday life. It comments on the complexities of researching and writing about air travel. It explains why an anthrohistorical approach is useful when trying to understand how people have learned to access and live in the sky.

Keywords:   African diaspora, creative plane, flight, imagination, racism, violence

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