Over time, an identifiable but changing set of tropes has organized hypotheses and research in the study of the African diaspora. Those same tropes have consequently influenced the self-conceptions and social organization of African and African-diaspora communities, a fact that deserves recognition in the analytic tropes that researchers and writer employ.
The Afro-Atlantic religions dramatize the idea that the person is a vessel of multiple, largely exogenous beings, monarchs and slaves prominently among them. The sacred icons of Santeria/Ocha, Candomble, Haitian Vodou, Yoruba indigenous religion, Kongo indigenous religion,and the Western-style nation-state are employed to illustrate this principle, as well as the apparent irony that such religions have proliferated in the context of the modern republic and its neo-liberal transformations.
This article is in revision.
Culture and Stigma concerns personal experiences and the cultural self-fashioning of Louisiana Creoles of color, Indians of partly African ancestry, Gullah/Geechees, West Indians, and Africans at Howard University and in its alumni networks. The book explores the role of racism and other forms of stigma in the propagation of ethnic identities.
I completed the manuscript in November.