This introduction explores the major themes addressed in this special issue, particularly how racial difference both structures the African diaspora and informs how scholars exploring this social formation engage with modes of knowledge production that reshape diaspora. In this way, the introduction considers how the local, the nation, remains an important site for the construction of African diasporic identity and outlines how such nations at times facilitate diasporic imaginaries.

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