Edwards begins to articulate his argument by providing solid information on the “intellectual history” of the term from scholars who might have coined this term before the 1950s and 1960s. Edwards mentions prestigious intellectuals such as sociologist W.E.B Du Bois and activist Marcus Garvey as being “ engaged with themes of internationalism, but diaspora has only in the past forty years be...
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... this is because he wants his scholars to be in a state of mind of filling in the gaps of what seems to be unclear. In the Décalage, Edwards makes his closing remarks in which he states, “My contention, finally, is that articulations of diaspora demand to be approached this way, through their décalage”(24). Explicitly the term décalage meaning jetlag hints at the differences of “in time and in space”(23). Which implicitly connects to the understanding of allowing “African diaspora to ‘step’ and ‘move’ in various articulations”(24). Allowing flexibility in the term African diaspora, it allows scholars to explore what is “absent” and/or “different”. It is this understanding of making up what is absent in term such as African diaspora allows scholars understand the difference.
Brent Hayes Edwards, “The Uses of Diaspora”, Social Text 19.1 (2001): pp.45-65
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