By JoAnn D'Alisera
For greater than a decade a vicious civil struggle has torn the cloth of society within the West African state of Sierra Leone, forcing millions to escape their houses for refugee camps and others to hunt peace and asylum out of the country. Sierra Leoneans have validated new groups world wide, in London, Paris, ny, Washington, D.C., and in other places. but regardless of the nice geographic diversity of this diaspora and the various ethnic backgrounds between Sierra Leoneans settled within the similar groups in another country, those Africans have come to appreciate and convey their shared identification via spiritual rituals, social engagements, and fabric culture.
In An Imagined Geography, anthropologist JoAnn D'Alisera demonstrates persuasively that the long-held anthropological paradigms of separate, bounded, and precise groups, geographically situated and well localized, has to be reconsidered. learning Sierra Leonean Muslims dwelling in higher Washington, D.C., she indicates how those immigrants keep excessive and real neighborhood ties via weddings, rituals, and commute, throughout either immense city areas and nationwide limitations. D'Alisera examines basic concerns: Sierra Leoneans' engagement with their native land, to which they regularly traveled and infrequently despatched their teenagers for upbringing until eventually the outbreak of the civil battle; and the Sierra Leonean interplay with a various, multicultural, more and more international Muslim neighborhood that's present process its personal look for identity.
Sierra Leoneans in the US, D'Alisera observes, convey a eager for domestic and the discomfort of disconnection in robust narratives approximately their state and approximately their very own displacement. even as, in spite of the fact that, self and communal id are formed via a urgent have to associate of their followed nation with Sierra Leoneans of all ethnic and spiritual backgrounds and with fellow Muslims from different components of the realm, a procedure that's performed out opposed to the complicated social box of the yank city landscape.
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