The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Setting & Symbolism

Paul Gilroy
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England

Gilroy is British and an expert on British race relations.

The United States

The Black Atlantic is often seen as African-American centered but this is a mistake in Gilroy's view.

The Black Atlantic

The group of blacks united by their transport across the Atlantic Ocean as slaves.

The Ship Motif

The idea of the ship is used by Gilroy to represent the dynamic and microcosmic cultures of the peoples of the black diaspora.

Slavery

The practice of involuntary servitude to which vast numbers of Africans were subjugated for centuries by Western Imperial powers.

Black Music

In Gilroy's opinion, black music is used to express black emotions that are either too emotionally or linguistically difficult to express.

Rootedness

Gilroy criticizes black culture for being too obsessed with the search for roots and authenticity. Gilroy sees it as a manifestation of racial insecurity.

Concepts of Race

Gilroy prefers a...

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