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Conscripts of MigrationNeoliberal Globalization, Nationalism, and the Literature of New African Diasporas$
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Christopher Ian Foster

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496824219

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496824219.001.0001

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“We Carry Our Home With Us”

“We Carry Our Home With Us”

(p.84) Chapter 4 “We Carry Our Home With Us”
Conscripts of Migration

Christopher Ian Foster

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter expands the study of new African diasporic writing beyond Francophone and Anglophone worlds, to important works of African migrant literature in Italy written in Italian. It engages important historical moments including Italian colonialism, the Cold War, neoliberal economic globalization, and the ways in which these destructive histories create destabilization and thus African emigration. The chapter analyzes Somalia as a case study and engages with digital art and documentary film in contemporary Italy as important markers of Afro-Italian migrant cultural production. Through a close reading of Cristina Ali Farah’s novel Little Mother, it delineates not only the pasts of Italian colonialism on the continent, but the ways in which colonial racialized modes of managing movement appear in present-day Italy, particularly since the 1980s.

Keywords:   Italy, Colonialism, Cristina Ali Farah, postcolonial literature, neoliberal globalization

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