n African Renaissance - Native or diaspora : notions of home and identity among mixed race diasporans

Volume 13, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The African diaspora in Britain is a large multicultural and multifaceted segment of the population. Within this, there are many different groupings and communities, one of which includes "mixed-race diasporans". This is another very broad grouping, but this article will focus on mixed-race individuals who formerly lived in Africa and then migrated to the UK, and mixed-race individuals who are the offspring of 1st and 2nd generation diasporans. Because of their background, those who identify as mixed race can be placed at a crossroads where they can embody two or more different cultures: would they identify themselves as natives of Africa or the UK and or Europe, as diasporans or as something in the middle? And where do they consider as home? The aim of this paper is to look at concepts of home and identity held by mixed race diasporans so as to consider more nuanced perspectives within the study of the African diaspora in Britain. In order to do so, a survey was carried out to gather the perspectives of those who identify as mixed race and fall into the group which we are concerned with. As one's identity is highly personal and unique to the individual, by considering the survey responses this paper hopes to present a variety of means of conceptualising African identities of mixed race individuals who either currently live or have lived in the United Kingdom.

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