This essay considers the very use of the word “black” in diasporic freedom struggles as a type of strategic abstraction. Crawford’s focus on blackness as a strategic abstraction deepens our understanding of the practice of diaspora as the practice of black abstraction. Crawford shows how unexpected moves to abstraction during the 1960s and ’70s black freedom struggles anticipated contemporary theories and practices of the diaspora.
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Research Article| November 01 2018
Margo Natalie Crawford; The Diasporic Power of Black Abstraction: Black as a Unifying Concept and a Strategic Abstraction. Nka 1 November 2018; 2018 (42-43): 44–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-7185737
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