By JoAnn D'Alisera
For greater than a decade a vicious civil warfare has torn the cloth of society within the West African state of Sierra Leone, forcing hundreds of thousands to escape their houses for refugee camps and others to hunt peace and asylum out of the country. Sierra Leoneans have proven new groups worldwide, in London, Paris, big apple, Washington, D.C., and in other places. but regardless of the nice geographic diversity of this diaspora and the varied ethnic backgrounds between Sierra Leoneans settled within the comparable groups out of the country, those Africans have come to appreciate and show their shared identification via non secular 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 detailed groups, geographically positioned and well localized, has to be reconsidered. learning Sierra Leonean Muslims residing in larger Washington, D.C., she indicates how those immigrants retain excessive and real neighborhood ties via weddings, rituals, and shuttle, throughout either gigantic city areas and nationwide obstacles. D'Alisera examines fundamental matters: Sierra Leoneans' engagement with their place of birth, to which they often traveled and infrequently despatched their young children for upbringing till the outbreak of the civil battle; and the Sierra Leonean interplay with a various, multicultural, more and more worldwide Muslim group that's present process its personal look for identity.
Sierra Leoneans in the United States, D'Alisera observes, convey a eager for domestic and the discomfort of disconnection in strong 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 kingdom with Sierra Leoneans of all ethnic and spiritual backgrounds and with fellow Muslims from different components of the realm, a method that's performed out opposed to the advanced social box of the yank city landscape.
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