The Homeland Is the Arena: Religion and Senegalese Immigrants in America

Paperback | April 11, 2011

byOusmane Kane

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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 massivelabor 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 onAfricans, 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 theexperience 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 AfricanIslam, 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.

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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 massivelabor migration that began directly after ind...

Ousmane Kane is Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199732310

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ForewordOrthographyAbbreviationsGlossaryProloguePart I: Religion, State, and Society in Modern Senegal1. Sufis, Society, and the StatePart II: Integrating American Society2. Senegalese Enclaves in New York City3. The Formation and Transformation of Sufi Societies4. Relations to Other Immigrant AssociationsPart III: Building Connections with Senegal5. The Transnational Spiritual Economy6. Gender and Generational Relations7. Immigration or DeathEpilogue "Good Muslims", "Good Blacks"