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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Forgotten connections, unconsidered parallels: a new agenda for comparative research in southern Africa and the Caribbean
Author:Cobley, Alan G.ISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:58
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:133-155
Language:English
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Caribbean
Subjects:research
pan-Africanism
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External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020189908707911
Abstract:Notwithstanding limited popular knowledge of the Caribbean in South Africa and of South Africa in the Caribbean, people and ideas have been moving between the two regions for centuries. Ideas of Pan-Africanism played an important role in these exchanges, which took place in the broader context of exchanges within the British Empire. Given the current state of transnational and postcolonial discourses, a comparative historical analysis which focuses on the Caribbean/South African connection is not merely desirable, but is quickly becoming essential. Possible areas of comparative research on southern Africa and the Caribbean include the fate of indigenous peoples under colonial conquest, slavery and slave resistance, identity formation, the colonial State, and segregation. By nourishing the historic connections and promoting mutual understanding between the Caribbean and southern Africa the two regions may be prevented from seeing each other as rivals in a world in which the prevailing orthodoxy is compete or starve. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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