Diasporic Identity Formation Among Cape Verdeans in Boston

Gibau, Gina Sánchez
June 2005
Western Journal of Black Studies;Summer2005, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p532
Academic Journal
Cape Verdeans in Boston are an African diasporic population who have created and recreated new politicized identities in relation to processes of racialization and sociocultural adjustment. The Cape Verde Islanders who first immigrated to the US did so out of economic necessity, escaping the hardship of drought and famine. Later, others came for the purpose of reuniting with their transplanted families. Like many other diasporic populations, the Cape Verdean diaspora has maintained both actual and symbolic ties to the Republic of Cape Verde. This article delineates the complexity inherent in the concept of diaspora as applied to the Cape Verdean community of Boston.


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