Pan-Africanism in Canada: Anti-Blackness and Black Consciousness in Canada's Capital

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Creator: 

George, Sarah

Date: 

2021

Abstract: 

This thesis examines Ottawa as a space of radical Black leadership among African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Canadians. I explore Ottawa's Black Radical Tradition (BRT) through a qualitative discourse analysis of three recent anti-racism policies and twelve semi-structured interviews with ACB leaders. The research explores the heuristic efficacy of the term anti-Blackness in diverse ACB leadership groups. The findings indicate that ACB leadership is diverse and yet a political commitment to the BRT binds leaders together. This thesis proposes that anti-Blackness is a useful concept for a group as diverse as Black Canadians articulating their racial experiences within a political climate of multiculturalism. This proposition is based on a non-identarian argument for the importance of anti-Blackness as an ethical and political stance in which the definition must be extended to account for transnational experiences of Blackness and simplified for use outside academia.

Subject: 

Black Studies
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Black History

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Sociology

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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