Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of Europe too, and these were people and places it needed to understand and embrace if it wanted fully functional societies. And Black Europeans, too, need to demand the right to document and disseminate our stories ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the Afropeans, on a cold October morning.'

Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.

Title:Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141984728
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    Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Reviews

  • Radiantflux

    76th book for 2019.An enjoyable, informative UK black-backpackers trip through Western Europe. While I enjoyed the book, I would have liked deeper and broader overview (there is nothing on Eastern Eur...

  • Jearl Boatswain

    Now, I'm openly biased when I say I loved this book. Having studied European Studies with French and Spanish I could probably count the number of works by and or centered Black Europeans that I studie...

  • Ruth

    I enjoyed this book on many levels. I am a fan of factual literature but recently I was getting factual books that were molded in the same template - throw in lots of research and draw mechanical (alt...

  • Andrew

    Johnny Pitts travels across Europe, looking at how people of African descent and their communities have fared in that continent both historically and in the contemporary setting. From Britain to Russi...

  • Laura

    There are abnormally high mental-health issues among black communities in Europe, but my travels had been largely sustained by a very steadfast sanity which so many black men and women had managed to ...

  • Niklas Pivic

    Hip-hop artist Mos Def once wrote of the depiction of black culture in the media that ‘we’re either niggas or kings, we’re either bitches or queens’, and in contemporary Europe it seemed to me...

  • Danny Daley

    I'm deeply torn by this book, which I found enthralling, informative, and innovative, but which is also littered with the sorts of problems that arise when the methodology is really thought through. T...

  • Amber L

    I learnt so much from this incredible book, following the author's self-funded journey to find and understand communities of people across the black diaspora who have settled in Europe over the centur...

  • I Read, Therefore I Blog

    Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcaster who founded the online journal Afropean.com. In this insightful, compassionate and thought-provoking book that’s part anthropology, part memoir,...

  • Bookish Dervish

    It was an amusing audiobook which allowed me to enjoy a peculiar point of view of a traveller in his distinctive British accent. It made me think about the vague criterion of categorizing people as Eu...