The Black Atlantic uses the transnational concept of the diaspora to explore the migrations, discontinuities, fractal patterns of exchange and hybrid glory that join the black cultures of America, Britain, and the Caribbean to one another and to Africa. Gilroy isn't the first to chart The Black Atlantic, but he is the first to situate it...It is a bold and brilliant rethinking of the political geography of race. (Eric Lott The Nation)
This is a splendid book...Gilroy's main contribution to scholarship is that by inserting black people as central participants in the creation of the modern world he thereby rewrites the history of modernity and modernism. (Hazel Carby Yale University)
This book's many virtues of style combine with elegant local readings of Douglass, Wright, Du Bois, Morrison; of Adorno and Baumann; and a whole range of popular culture from jazz to Hip Hop...It is a mark of the ambition and the achievement of this book that so many readers will find it rewarding. (Anthony Appiah, Harvard University)
A thoughtful evaluation of Western black identity, and a scathing critique of the nationalist, 'ethical absolutist' position that posits that such identities are mutually exclusive...There is much to recommend about [it]: many thought-provoking questions and compelling arguments. (Carrie B. Robinson Quarterly Black Review of Books)
Against the grain of much contemporary thought that embraces ethnocentrism, Paul Gilroy has issued a stirring challenge to recognize the modern world as a cultural hybrid. The Black Atlantic is a wonderful chapter in the global intellectual history of the next century...Drawing on work in many disciplines, Gilroy provides a vivid alternative to competing positions in the current culture wars. He briefly outlines an intellectual rapprochement between Zionism and black nationalism, for example, and some of his most polemical remarks are reserved for those Afrocentrists who proclaim a linear inheritance from Africa but wish to ignore the intervening cultural hybridization produced by slavery...Present anxiety about the supposed disuniting and fraying of America's national culture, or about its forced concentration into an assimilating mold, might be significantly allayed if readers would pay serious attention to the invigorating claims of The Black Atlantic. (Eric J. Sundquist Newsday)
Spike Lee and Jazzie B., Walter Benjamin and the Jubilee Singers, Sonia Boyce and Keith Piper, Richard Wright, Theodor Adorno, J.M.W. Turner and W.E.B. Du Bois, Hegel, Hendrix, and 2 Live Crew: Very few writers could find things to say about every character on so dazzlingly eclectic a cast-list. Perhaps only Paul Gilroy could offer not merely striking insights about all of them, but present a compelling case for their belonging in the same narrative…Gilroy's lucidity is exemplary. (Stephen Howe New Statesman & Society)
--Anthony Appiah (Harvard University) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.