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AutochthonomiesTransnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora$
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Myriam J. A. Chancy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043048

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction

Myriam J. A. Chancy

University of Illinois Press

The introduction lays out the methodology for the study and explains its key terms. If autochthonomy is the practice of intra-subjective exchanges girded by mobile, local practices, cultural expressions or beliefs that form the intra-diasporic bridge between cultures of African descent, then lakou or yard consciousness is the virtual space in which such exchanges take place. This imagined locus is composed of autochthonous beliefs and practices preserved, reformulated, or syncretized over time, which form the basis for communication because of their importance to the identities of those peoples who have continued to practice them, however modified, to subsist and to persist. This space is one in which filiation and affiliation also become redefined cultural features or markers of association.

Keywords:   African Diasporic, methodology, kinship, yard/lakou, filiation, affiliation, autochthonomy, indigeneity, geography, intra-subjective

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